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Successful shoulder surgery for Kessel

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 21, 2009 11:31 AM

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There were no problems with Phil Kessel's shoulder surgery today. (Jim Rogash/Getty)

Phil Kessel underwent successful left shoulder surgery today at Massachusetts General Hospital to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum. Dr. Peter Asnis and Dr. J.P. Warner performed the procedure.

Rehab and recovery will sideline Kessel for up to six months. Kessel is not expected to be ready for the start of 2009-10.

Kessel established career highs in goals (a team-high 36), assists (24) and points (70) this year
while playing 70 games. He became the Bruins' first 30-goal scorer since 2005-06 and had thelongest point streak in the NHL this season, tallying a point in 18 consecutive games from Nov. 13 - Dec. 21.

Kessel, 21, had six goals and five assists in 11 postseason games. He has 66 goals and 60 assists in 222 games over the span of his three-year career.

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