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Tampa Bay Lightning centre Vincent Lecavalier to have shoulder surgery

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Injured Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) is helped by teammates Mathieu Darche (21), Brad Lukowich, rear, and an unidentified trainer during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 3, 2008, in Washington.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Haraz N. Ghanbari Author: The Hockey News

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Tampa Bay Lightning centre Vincent Lecavalier to have shoulder surgery

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TAMPA, Fla. - Canada's entry at this year's world hockey championship can scratch Vincent Lecavalier from its wish list.

The Tampa Bay Lightning centre will have surgery to repair damage to his right shoulder. Lecavalier was hurt in Thursday's game at Washington.

His shoulder was dislocated when he fell awkwardly after a hit by Washington's Matt Cooke.

Tests on Friday showed Lecavalier damaged the labrum of the right shoulder. A date for surgery and the establishment of a rehab schedule should come in seven-to-10 days when inflammation subsides.

Recovery time is expected to be 12-to-15 weeks, which means Lecavalier could be ready for the start of training camp next season.

"While I'm disappointed to be facing surgery at this time, I'm looking forward to working hard during the summer to be ready for training camp in September," Lecavalier said in a statement.

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