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Dallas Stars’ Sergei Zubov has sports hernia surgery; playoff status unknown

DALLAS – Dallas Stars defenceman Sergei Zubov had surgery this week in Berlin on a sports hernia injury, leaving his status unclear as the team prepares to face Anaheim in the playoffs.

“We’re hoping for a speedy recovery,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said.

Zubov has been out since Jan. 19 with a variety of ailments. The hernia dates to last year’s playoffs, and an attempt to play through a foot injury this season created a groin strain.

He had surgery Feb. 24 to place a screw in a bone in his right foot and started skating again last week in hopes of returning for the playoffs. That’s when the hernia flared up again, Tippett said.

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Zubov had another sports hernia operation last summer after getting injured in Game 6 of a first-round series against Vancouver. The Stars were eliminated in Game 7.

Zubov had four goals and 30 assists in the first 40 games this season and was mentioned as a candidate for the Norris Trophy before he was sidelined by injuries.