The brief moment of satisfaction Ben Lovejoy gained from the right uppercut he delivered to the face of San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski turned into a long stay on the injured list for the Ducks defenseman.
Lovejoy — who has been playing with Cam Fowler as the team’s top defensive pair and averaging nearly 18 minutes per game — suffered a fractured finger on his right hand Sunday and will be sidelined six to eight weeks.
The Ducks summoned defenseman Josh Manson from minor league Norfolk, Va., on Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. In practice, alternate captain Francois Beauchemin was paired with Fowler.
Defensemen Mark Fistric, who’s played in just one game this season, and injured Bryan Allen, who is on this trip, also are expected to have expanded roles.
“Big loss. Ben’s a big part of the team, someone I’ve gotten quite familiar with,” Fowler said. “We’ll certainly miss him. I feel bad for him. He was sticking up for his teammates. . . . But we have to move on.”
The Ducks’ seven-game winning streak ended in Sunday’s fight-filled 4-1 setback to the Sharks. That game also netted a two-game suspension for San Jose’s John Scott, announced Monday by the NHL, for coming on the ice with the intent to fight.
Ready to go
At practice Monday, Dany Heatley was back skating on the first line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and said he’s ready to make his season debut after suffering a preseason groin injury.
“I feel good . . . getting off the plane for three hours, practicing and not feeling it, was good,” Heatley said. “Real anxious. I was excited [to play] when I signed here.”
Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was feeling effects from flu, so he skipped practice and the team charter, and was due to arrive in Chicago on a later commercial flight.
“So he can infect all of you,” Coach Bruce Boudreau cracked.
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Etc. Forward Patrick Sharp leads the Blackhawks (5-2-1) with eight points. He also shares the team lead in goals with three, along with Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw.