EDMONTON — Oilers star rookie Connor McDavid, who has been billed as the best player to come into the league since Sidney Crosby in 2005, is expected to be out months because of a broken left collarbone suffered in a fall against the Flyers on Tuesday.
McDavid, the first overall pick in this year's draft, had surgery Wednesday.
"We don't have a particular time frame, but as I said, plural, months (for his absence)," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "There will be plates and screws involved (in the surgery)."
McDavid, 18, has five goals and 12 points in 12 games. The center was the league's rookie of the month for October.
He was hurt racing down the left wing toward the Flyers goal late in the second period of Edmonton's 4-2 win, with Flyers defenders Brandon Manning and Michael Del Zotto beside him. McDavid appeared to lose the edge on his skate, and the trio fell and plowed hard into the end boards.
McDavid struggled to his feet and skated slowly to the bench.
"He didn't have much to say (after the game)," Chiarelli said.
Some fans took to social media to criticize Manning for appearing to grab McDavid on the way down.
Oilers coach Todd McLellan said he didn't see it that way.
"It's a hockey play. You could watch it 100 times and there's nothing dirty about it," he said.
Around the league: Blues forward Ryan Reaves was fined $3,024.19, the maximum allowed, for roughing Kings forward Anze Kopitar with a hit.
game highlights: Vladimir Tarasenko's goal with 1:06 left in overtime capped the Blues' comeback from a 5-2 first-period deficit for a 6-5 win over the host Blackhawks. The Blues are the first team to win a game after allowing five first-period goals since the Lightning beat the Flyers 8-7 on Nov. 18, 2010.
First—1, Chi, Dano 1 (Hartman), 2:08. 2, St.L, Steen 6 (Parayko, Tarasenko), 3:02. 3, Chi, Shaw 1 (penalty shot), 4:37. 4, Chi, Teravainen 4 (Daley), 6:35. 5, St.L, Fabbri 2 (Backes), 15:12. 6, Chi, Seabrook 4 (Kane, Teravainen), 17:09. 7, Chi, Kane 8 (Seabrook, Shaw), 17:52 (pp). Penalties—Lehtera, StL (tripping), 9:54; Kane, Chi (hooking), 10:25; Backes, StL (interference), 17:44.
Second—8, St.L, Steen 7 (Parayko, Bouwmeester), 3:11. 9, St.L, Bouwmeester 1 (Brouwer, Gomez), 17:12 (pp). 10, St.L, Backes 3 (Pietrangelo, Fabbri), 19:26. Penalties—Bouwmeester, StL (interference), 8:02; Teravainen, Chi (interference), 16:40.
Third—None. Penalties—Steen, StL (trip), 1:02; Steen, StL (hook), 3:43.
OT—11, St.L, Tarasenko 7 (Pietrangelo), 3:54. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—St.L 8-12-7-2—29. Chi 18-8-14-3—43. Power-play opportunities—St.L 1 of 2; Chi 1 of 5. Goalies—St.L, Elliott (15 shots-11 saves), Allen 5-3-0 (6:35 first, 28-27), Elliott (7:16 first), Allen 5-3-0 (17:44 first). Chi, Crawford 6-3-1 (29-23).
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First—1, Wpg, Byfuglien 3 (Perreault, Enstrom), 3:41. 2, Tor, Parenteau 2 (Bozak, Phaneuf), 8:22 (pp). 3, Wpg, Scheifele 5 (Enstrom, Perreault), 8:59. Penalties—Burmistrov, Wpg (hold), 7:37.
Second—4, Tor, Komarov 5 (Polak, van Riemsdyk), 12:17. Penalties—Tor bench, served by Kadri (too many men), 17:14.
Third—5, Wpg, Burmistrov 2 (Wheeler, Little), 17:55. 6, Wpg, Little 6 (Wheeler), 19:34 (en-sh). Penalties—Komarov, Tor (delay of game), 4:16; Burmistrov, Wpg (holding stick), 15:47; Byfuglien, Wpg (holding), 19:24. Shots on Goal—Wpg 10-10-14—34. Tor 13-8-5—26. Power-play opportunities—Wpg 0 of 2; Tor 1 of 3. Goalies—Wpg, Pavelec 4-3-1 (26 shots-24 saves). Tor, Reimer 2-2-1 (33-30).