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Mark Streit speaks about shoulder injury

Two days after seriously injuring his left shoulder during an intra-squad scrimmage, 32-year-old Swiss defenseman Mark Streit spoke to Newsday about how he's feeling and what lies ahead.

"I'm really disappointed," Streit said. "I was shocked, obviously, when it happened. I knew it was going to be a pretty serious injury, but I'm just now starting to realize I'm really going to miss some time."

Despite the significant time he will likely miss--Newsday reported yesterday he is expected to be out six months with a torn rotator cuff, torn labrum and possible dislocation--Streit is trying to remain optimistic.

"Things happen out there. It's unfortunate, but I can't change it and I'm just thinking positively and trying to move forward. I'll get the best solution possible--whether that's surgery or whatever i need --and after that, I'll start rehabbing and trying to come back as soon as possible."

Streit said he recently talked to teammate Matt Moulson, who was involved in the play when he was injured, and assured him he wasn't to blame.

Streit said he tried to carry the puck up along the boards and stopped to change direction, at which point he was hit by Moulson and fell awkwardly, reaching out with his left arm to catch his fall.

"I knew then that my shoulder was probably dislocated," Streit said. "It's unfortunate, but I'm definitely not blaming him. It's a sport and things like that happen."

Over the past few days, Streit said he has received an overwhelming show of support from his teammates.

"I love the guys on the team. In the two past years, it's been a great atmosphere. Even this year it's a good, young hungry team that made some veteran additions on the back end. It's unfortunate I'm going to miss a lot of time, but other guys are capable of carrying the load. Maybe not only one guy, but the whole team. We have some very skilled younger players and I'm positive that things like that can have a positive reaction on the team. Everyone will play a little harder, play a little better."

Streit, who will await an evaluation from specialist Dr. Anthony Miniaci of the Cleveland Clinic before setting a date for surgery or definitive timetable, hopes to have that resolved soon so he can begin his rehab.

"The most important thing is to get surgery or whatever I need and to make some sort of schedule or time frame," Streit said. "Most importantly, I'm going to stay positive. I'm a big believer that a positive attitude and positive feelings heals the body quicker." 

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