Yzerman sits out Game 5 with 'upper-body' injury

Updated: April 29, 2006, 4:39 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman sat out Game 5 Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers, missing his second straight game with an upper-body injury.

Steve Yzerman
Yzerman

Yzerman barely played in the first of two overtime periods in Game 3 Tuesday because he was hurt, reportedly with a lower-back injury. He tried to warm up and play in the next game, but didn't skate with his teammates before Game 5, which began with the first-round Western Conference series tied at 2.

Yzerman contributed an assist in each of the three games he played against Edmonton. In 20 postseasons, he has 184 points -- a total that leads all active players and trails just seven in NHL history.

He closed the regular season strong after a groin injury took him out of the lineup in eight of the first 10 games, and caused him to miss nine more games in midseason. Yzerman had an 11-game point streak, the longest by a Red Wing this season, from March 19 to April 8.

His 691st goal on March 31 moved him past Mario Lemieux into eighth on the career list. The NHL's active scoring leader ended the season with 1,755 points, trailing only five in league history. Yzerman has led the Red Wings to three titles, and helped Canada win gold in 2002.

Yzerman, who turns 41 on May 9, has spent his entire career with the Red Wings since they drafted him fourth overall in 1983. His 20 seasons as captain is an NHL record.

Yzerman said recently that he will decide about retirement after the playoffs.

"We'll see what happens here and make a decision sometime in late June," he said.


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