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8/18/2006 2:29:48 PM

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - The Carolina Hurricanes will begin defense of their Stanley Cup title without their second-leading scorer.

Left wing Cory Stillman underwent surgery on his right shoulder Friday morning and is expected to be sidelined three to four months.

The Hurricanes are hoping Stillman can return by late November.

When the Hurricanes beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals last June, Stillman became the sixth player in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons with two different teams. He was with the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won their first championship in 2003-04.

Signed by the Hurricanes last August, Stillman, 32, tied for second on the team in scoring with 76 points (21 goals, 55 assists) despite missing 10 games due to injuries. Justin Williams also had 76 points and Eric Staal led the Hurricanes with 100 points.

Stillman was a force in the playoffs, ranking second in the league with 26 points, including nine goals, as Carolina won the first championship in its history.

The Hurricanes will raise their championship banner on October 4 in the season opener against Buffalo.
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