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Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon won't require shoulder surgery

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Connor Grott
Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was injured in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks during the second round of the playoffs. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was injured in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks during the second round of the playoffs. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

May 15 (UPI) -- Colorado Avalanche star forward Nathan MacKinnon won't need shoulder surgery for an injury he sustained during the NHL playoffs.

Avs general manager Joe Sakic told reporters Tuesday that MacKinnon is expected to be ready for training camp.

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"He'll be fine, he's getting better every day," Sakic said. "He'll be fine in a couple weeks. Just [needs] rest."

MacKinnon suffered the injury against the San Jose Sharks in the first period of Game 7 during the second round. He was able to return after getting an injection, but the Avs were eliminated from the playoffs with a 3-2 loss.

MacKinnon had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 12 postseason games. He tied for seventh in the league with 99 points (41 goals, 58 assists) in 82 regular-season contests.

Colorado reached the postseason for the second straight year after going 8-1-2 in its final 11 games. The Avalanche will attempt to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season next year, something the franchise hasn't done since making it in 10 straight seasons from 1995-2006.

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