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Hartford Whalers defenseman Mark Howe remained in stable condition...

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford Whalers defenseman Mark Howe remained in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Tuesday, recovering from a deep puncture wound in the rectal area.

Howe, 25, was injured Saturday night when he slid into a pointed metal projection at the base of the Hartford net during a Hartford Civic Center contest against the New York Islanders.

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A Whalers spokeswoman said Howe was expected to remain in the hospital another day or two and it had not been determined when he would return to the ice.

His father, hockey legend Gordie Howe who retired from the Whalers this year, estimated the young defenseman would be out for more than a month.

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