Injured knee interrupts Wittman's upbeat season


Blast forward Tim Wittman isn't exactly thrilled today, despite picking up an award for being the team's Player of the Quarter.

Monday, he'll undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, which is to keep the All-Star sidelined from one to six weeks.

"It's just stupid," said Wittman. "I'm happy to be recognized for what I've done. But it's weird right now."

Wittman was voted the award primarily because of his point-scoring streak, which reached 20 games in Sunday's 6-5, three-overtime loss to Tacoma. In 31 games this season, he has 30 goals and 24 assists.

It has been a solid performance on a team that continues to struggle to stay above .500. The Blast (19-20) has dropped into third place in the Eastern Division. Tomorrow, it will try again to reach .500 at the Arena (7:05) against Dallas.

"Everyone has been saying how well I've been playing," Wittman said. "But it's only because I've been healthy. I've been able to play to my ability. Since the All-Star Game, my knee has been bothering me and it keeps getting worse. And it's frustrating. Against San Diego last Friday, I couldn't turn on it, and in Tacoma, I had to come out in the fourth quarter."

Wittman said doctors aren't exactly sure what the problem is, but are confident it is not ligament damage.

"This is my fourth knee operation," said the 10-year veteran. "My friends say I talk about it like it's no big deal. I think I'm looking forward to it, because at least we'll find out what the problem is and start the process of getting better.

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