Avalanche lose Downie to a torn ACL

Avs’ winger will have surgery and miss the 2013 season

Steve Downie was lost for the season Tuesday. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Avs’ 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings and soon will have surgery to fix the ACL. Enlarge photo

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Steve Downie was lost for the season Tuesday. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Avs’ 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings and soon will have surgery to fix the ACL.

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche will be without Steve Downie for the rest of the season after the forward tore his anterior cruciate ligament against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

The team announced Wednesday he soon will undergo surgery.

Downie left the game in the second period as the Avalanche rallied for a 3-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions. He had an assist in the season-opener in Minnesota last weekend.

Acquired from Tampa Bay last February, Downie was an immediate contributor, scoring two goals and dishing out 11 assists in 20 games with the Avalanche.

After the season, Colorado signed the 25-year-old to a two-year deal.

Downie was a first-round selection of Philadelphia in the 2005 draft.