Staal has surgery on foot tendon

Updated: May 3, 2010, 10:54 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal had surgery to repair a damaged tendon on the top of his foot but will not miss the remainder of the playoffs, coach Dan Bylsma said.

"Clarification on the Jordan Staal situation. There's been a number of rumors and it is not an Achilles, he is not ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs," Bylsma said Saturday morning after the Penguins' practice.

The Selke Trophy finalist as the league's best defensive forward was cut by the skate of Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban during a collision near the Pittsburgh blueline midway through the Penguins' 6-3 victory Friday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

He went to the bench in obvious pain, then went to the Pittsburgh locker room at the next stoppage in play.

"He had a procedure to repair a tendon from a cut on the top of his foot and he will be day to day from here on out. So he's not out for the remainder of the playoffs," Bylsma said.

The 21-year-old has never missed a game due to injury in his career, but that streak likely will end with Game 2 on Sunday.

Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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