Hawks lose NHL's leading scorer Havlat to ankle injury

Updated: October 21, 2006, 11:33 PM ET
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When the Dallas Stars became red hot in the third period on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks didn't have their answer.

Martin Havlat
Havlat

The league's leading scorer, Martin Havlat, had gone off earlier in the third period after crashing into the boards and injuring his right ankle.

"I was just trying to make a move and pivot around the defenseman," Havlat told the Tribune on Friday. "My skate got caught and I felt a little pop. Right now it feels sore. We'll see tomorrow."

Havlat underwent an MRI in Chicago on Saturday and will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a sprained right ankle, according to the Blackhawks.

Havlat, who saw his six-game scoring streak end, is tied for second in the league with seven goals and leads with 13 points. The Blackhawks acquired the scorer from the Ottawa Senators this past July.

The Stars' Mike Ribeiro tied Friday's game at 4 with 1 minute, 14 seconds left, and Philippe Boucher put in the winner with only 39 seconds left in the game.

On Saturday, the Blackhawks called up winger Brandon Bochenski and defenseman Danny Richmond from Norfolk in the American Hockey League.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.