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Avs' Forsberg Out 7-10 Days

A blindside check knocked Peter Forsberg out of last year's playoffs and a similar hit will keep him out of this year's NHL All-Star Game.

Forsberg, who missed the first 23 games of the season because of shoulder surgery, will be sidelined seven to 10 days after suffering a concussion caused by a hard check Tuesday night by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi.

Forsberg left the game and needed seven stitches to close a cut over his right eye.

"I've got a huge headache, but everything is good," Forsberg said. "The eye doesn't hurt at all. It's just hard to be out and not be able to play. I'm getting used to it, I guess."

Bertuzzi was assessed a 5-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. The NHL has not decided whether to take further action, but Avalanche coach Bob Hartley renewed his calls for the league to protect its star players.

"They are our assets," Hartley said. "I bought tickets to go and see Bruce Springsteen. If the first part of the show, he gets cross-checked by his trumpeter and they come back 10 minutes later and say they will continue the show without him, well, I feel I'm missing part of the reason I was there."

Forsberg, selected to his fourth All-Star game, spent five months rehabilitating his left shoulder after Richard Matvichuk of the Dallas Stars blindsided him in last year's playoffs. Forsberg returned to the ice in late November.

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