Bourque could miss 6 weeks after surgery

Chicago Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque is expected to miss three to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a deep laceration on his neck.

Bourque was injured Sunday night in Chicago’s 1-0 win over Columbus when he was cut in the neck by the skate blade of Blue Jackets’ right wing Nikolai Zherdev’s during a pileup in the Blackhawks’ crease.

Bourque was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital where he had surgery. The team said he might be released Monday or Tuesday.

The second-year player has four goals and four assists in 16 games.