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Kolzig scheduled for arm surgery

Friday, 01.30.2009 / 8:01 PM / News

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay Lightning backup goalie Olaf Kolzig was scheduled to have what was expected to be season-ending surgery Saturday on his left forearm.

Kolzig has a distal biceps tendon rupture, which normally has a three-to-four month recovery period. He hasn't played since beating Montreal on Dec. 11.

The 38-year-old goalie is 21st on the career victory list with 303. He signed with Tampa Bay as free agent in July after 16 seasons with Washington. He's 2-4-1 with a 3.66 goals-against-average in eight games this season.

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