Return cut short: Gaborik re-aggravates groin injury

Updated: October 24, 2005, 3:23 PM ET
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The Minnesota Wild got a taste of Marian Gaborik in the lineup, but were then dealt another blow.

Marian Gaborik
Gaborik

After he scored both Minnesota goals in a 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday night, Gaborik aggravated a left groin injury in the third period and didn't play late in the game. He is expected to be re-evaluated Monday.

After trying to come back a few times in the third period, Gaborik left the ice and underwent treatment after the game. He didn't talk to reporters.

"I wanted to keep him on the bench because he said, 'I can try it,'" Wild coach Jacques Lemaire told The St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I said, 'Wait, wait.' But I had in mind, if we were on the power play, it would be easier for him. I knew right away when he went out, he was done. What can you do?"

Gaborik has two goals and four assists in three games after missing the Wild's first six contests with the injury.

"Marian had a great game, scoring two big goals for us," Minnesota's Brian Rolston said. "If he is injured, we hope it's not too bad."