There may be worse times to get hurt. The playoffs are definitely one. After that, the list is short for David Booth.

Just when the $4 million forward was playing like a $4 million forward — OK, at least $3 million — Kevin Porter stuck out his knee and ended a run before it even had a chance to get going.

After a month of looking uncomfortable, unless he was hugging the perimeter, Booth had found a groove. For five games, he was attacking the net, and clicking with Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins. The line had something going. Booth had three goals, two assists and 21 shots on net.

"He was playing his best hockey that he's played for us, and for him I think that was the best hockey he's played in a few years," Henrik Sedin said.

Kesler was thinking along the same lines.