Anze Kopitar breaks ankle, out 6 weeks

Updated: March 27, 2011, 8:01 PM ET
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kings scoring leader Anze Kopitar will be out approximately six weeks with a broken right ankle, coach Terry Murray said following a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon against the visiting Colorado Avalanche.

The center was checked lightly by defenseman Ryan O'Byrne against the left boards in the Colorado zone before falling backward and twisting his knee with 4:21 left in the second. He scored his 26th goal of the season earlier in the game.

He remained on the ice for several moments before he was helped off by teammate Michal Handzus and a trainer, and was hunched over in severe pain when he went to the dressing room.

Kopitar, who appeared in his second All-Star Game last month, has played in a club-record 330 consecutive games.

The Kings were playing their second game without second-leading scorer Justin Williams , who suffered a dislocated right shoulder Monday against Calgary and will miss at least three to four weeks.

Dan Arritt covers the Kings for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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