Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/23/12
Another loss and another Blue Jackets defenseman lost to injury.Nikita Nikitin, who had played big minutes and surprisingly well since coming to Columbus in an early-season trade with St. Louis, suffered what appeared to be a serious left ankle injury during the third period of Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss in Detroit.The Blue Jackets did not offer an update immediately after the game, but it does not appear to be a short-term injury.Nikitin was retrieving a puck and skating hard toward the end boards when Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg put his left hand in the small of Nikitin's back and appeared to give him a slight shove.As Nikitin lost his balance and slammed into the boards, all of his weight was absorbed by his left leg, and his ankle twisted gruesomely. He was helped to the bench by two teammates and went straight to the dressing room.Zetterberg was given a five-minute boarding penalty and a 10-minute game misconduct.NOTES, QUOTESNash's No. 61 retired by junior club--Blue...
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