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New York Islanders captain Anders Lee to miss rest of season

Jan 17, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders captain Anders Lee will have surgery this week and miss the rest of the season, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday.

The Islanders placed the 30-year-old forward on long-term injured reserve on Sunday, retroactive to March 11, when he sustained a knee injury in a 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils. Lamoriello said Lee has a torn ACL.

Lee left that game in the first period following an awkward collision with Devils center Pavel Zacha. He was in obvious pain and did not appear to put any weight on his right leg as teammates helped him off the ice.

Lee was appearing in his 295th consecutive game, the third-longest streak in franchise history behind Billy Harris (576 games) and Bobby Nystrom (301).

The Islanders (19-7-4) entered Wednesday tied for the East Division lead with the Washington Capitals. Lee is tied for first on the team in goals (12) and tied for second in points (19).

Lee has 320 points (184 goals, 136 assists) in 520 games since making his Islanders debut on April 2, 2013. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2009.

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–Field Level Media