Bruins’ top goal scorer Marco Sturm to miss rest of playoffs with knee injury

BOSTON – Bruins forward Marco Sturm will miss the rest of the post-season with torn ligaments in his right knee.

Coach Claude Julien said Sunday that Sturm will not be back after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his knee on the first shift of Boston’s 5-4 OT victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Saturday’s opener of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal. Game 2 is Monday night.

The Bruins issued a release saying Sturm would undergo surgery within the next four-to-six weeks and require six months recovery time afterward, making it unlikely he will be healthy for the start of next season.

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Sturm led the Bruins with 22 goals during the regular season but had no points in seven post-season games.

He fell after throwing a check at Matt Carle. Aided by teammates Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi, he skated to the bench as he flexed his right knee.

On Dec. 18, 2008, Sturm tore ligaments in his left knee and missed the rest of the season.