Milan Michalek’s season continued its downward spiral Friday as the veteran suffered a fractured finger in the Ottawa Senators’ 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.
Michalek exited the contest in the second period after fracturing a finger on his right hand. It marks the second time this season he sustained that ailment, with the first instance forcing him to miss 16 games.
The 31-year-old, who is out indefinitely, registered two shots and blocked one while posting a plus-1 rating in 10 minutes, 10 seconds of ice time against the Islanders.
A five-time 20-goal scorer who netted a career-high 35 in 2011-12, Michalek has failed to record more than 17 tallies since. He has been limited to six goals and four assists in 32 games this season.
Michalek was selected by San Jose with the sixth overall pick of the 2003 draft and got his first taste of the NHL in the proceeding season, notching one goal in two games with the Sharks. He netted 17 tallies over 81 contests in 2005-06 before beginning a streak of four consecutive 20-goal campaigns the following season.
The streak ended with the 2009-10 campaign, his first with the Senators after being acquired along with Jonathan Cheechoo for Dany Heatley on September 12, 2009. Michalek bounced back from an 18-goal effort in 2010-11 setting career highs in goals and points (60) the next campaign.
Michalek has collected 206 goals and 232 assists in 729 career games with the Sharks and Senators. The native of the Czech Republic won back-to-back bronze medals at the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Championships while also representing his country at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.