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Panthers' Trocheck has surgery for fractured ankle

Florida Panthers centre Vincent Trocheck (21) is taken off the ice on a stretcher while taking on the Ottawa Senators during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck has had surgery for a fractured ankle and may play again this season.

Trocheck was hurt when twisted his right leg while chasing the puck near the end boards in Monday night's game at Ottawa. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

"It's never easy to see a player and person like him suffer an injury like this, but we are confident that he will make a full recovery and be back on the ice with our team this season," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement Wednesday.

The 2017 NHL All-Star has three goals and 14 points in 18 games this season.

Trocheck tweeted "surgery was a success" and "I'll be back before you know it."

Florida recalled forward Denis Malgin from Springfield of the AHL in advance of Wednesday night's game at Tampa Bay.

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Updated November 21, 2018

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