Ziggy Out For Season

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The Los Angeles Kings suffered a huge blow when they lost their leading scorer Ziggy Palffy for the rest of the season with an injured shoulder.

"He's not going to be back," King Coach Andy Murray said. "That's reality."

Palffy dislocated the shoulder during overtime of the Kings' 4-4 tie at Anaheim on Wednesday night. He will undergo season-ending surgery Monday.

"We're in a pretty familiar situation with all these injured players," captain Mattias Norstrom said. "If anyone's looking for excuses in this room or looking to throw in the towel, they're not going to find it here."

The Kings have been mired with many injuries throughout the season. Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh, who completed the Kings' top line last season with Palffy, have not played this season.

"I was in a little bit of shock," said Palffy, who expects to recover within four to five months. "I felt [the shoulder] come out and it went back in. I didn't know what to do. I went to the bench and the locker room and tried to show the doctor what happened and it went out again. I realized I had a little problem. This had never happened before."

Palffy has played for the Kings for five years and ranks 13th on their career scoring list with 340 points on 150 goals and 190 assists in 311 games.

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