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Montreal's Markov out 6 months after knee surgery

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Montreal's Markov out 6 months after knee surgery
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov had successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee, and the Canadiens say his expected recovery time will keep him out until early next season.

Markov was injured early in Game 1 of the Canadiens' second-round series against Pittsburgh on April 30 and has not played since. He has skated at practice, leading to rumors that he might be able to play again in the postseason.

The surgery repaired a torn ACL, and General Manager Pierre Gauthier said the recovery time is estimated at six months -- which means the 31-year-old defenseman would miss the early weeks of the 2010-11 season.

Markov played 45 games for the Canadiens in the regular season, scoring 6 goals and adding 28 assists for 34 points. He missed 35 games due to a foot laceration suffered in Montreal's regular-season opener at Toronto on Oct. 1.

Markov played eight playoff games this postseason, contributing 4 assists and averaging 23:46 of ice time.

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