Veteran Carolina Hurricanes winger Max Pacioretty was placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon in his right foot, the team said on Friday.
The team did not announce a timeline for his return to the lineup.
It’s the same right Achilles tendon that tore Pacioretty last season and required off-season surgery after he switched from the Vegas Golden Knights to the Hurricanes. He had the procedure in August and wasn’t in the lineup for six months.
Pacioretty, 34, suffered the non-contact injury with 19.3 seconds remaining in Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena. The canes were on the power play when Pacioretty, who had the puck, was to the side of the net and made a quick cut to find space. His right leg immediately went airborne before hitting the ice.
He was treated by the team’s athletic training staff before being escorted back to the bench by teammates. Pacioretty put no weight on his right leg or foot.
“Not in a very good mood, as you know,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said of Pacioretty on Friday.
The injury comes just over two weeks after Pacioretty’s season debut. He had three goals in five games for the Canes, who were two points clear of the New Jersey Devils at the top of the Metropolitan Division on Friday.
Despite having one of the strongest records in the league, goals have been a challenge for the Hurricanes. They started Friday and led the NHL in shots on goal while finishing second in both scoring odds per 60 and high threat odds per 60, per natural stat trick.
Carolina ranks 15th in goals and also ranks 15th with 3.18 goals per game.
Pacioretty has scored at least 30 goals six times in his career. On Friday, the Hurricanes had six players with 10+ goals and eight players with 20+ points.