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Kings' Justin Williams has dislocated shoulder

March 22, 2011 |  1:23 pm

Jw Kings forward Justin Williams, who had to leave the ice after being slammed into the boards in the third period of Monday night's game against Calgary, has a dislocated shoulder and will be out a minimum of three to four weeks, The Times' Helene Elliott reports.

Williams, who has 22 goals and 35 assists on the season, has opted not to have surgery, which would end his season. Instead, he will undergo rehabilitation. The Kings, who are fighting to solidify a playoff berth, will reassess his situation. The hope is he will be ready for the playoffs; the regular season ends April 9.

The plan is for him to try to get 80% of his strength back in the shoulder and to place him in a harness for protection. Williams said he understands the risks of coming back that way but didn't want to miss the playoffs.

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Photo: Los Angeles Kings Justin Williams skates in 2009. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times