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Blackhawks lose Handzus for season with torn ACL

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have lost Michal Handzus for the season with a torn ACL.

Handzus, acquired from Philadelphia in a trade for left winger Kyle Calder, had played in only eight games for Chicago, scoring a
pair of goals and five assists.

He was injured on a hit late in the third period of Saturday's game against
the St. Louis Blues.

Selected in the fourth round of the 1995 draft by St. Louis,
Handzus entered the season with 111 goals and 180 assists in 509
career games with St. Louis, Phoenix and the Flyers.

Handzus represented his country at the 2002 Winter Olympics and
also helped Slovakia capture its first gold medal at the World
Championship that year.

The bad news for Chicago doesn't stop with Handzus as goaltender
Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a broken ring finger Saturday night
and will be out indefinitely. In six games this season,
Khabibulin is 4-2 with a 3.55 goals-against average.

SportsTicker contributed to this report.