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Blackhawks G Khabibulin has shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months

Tuesday, 01.07.2014 / 2:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blackhawks G Khabibulin has shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months

CHICAGO - Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has surgery Tuesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will be out 4-5 months.

The Blackhawks called the surgery successful, and said the procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Team Dr. Michael Terry says the injury was becoming problematic, but a full recovering is expected.

The 40-year-old Khabibulin has played in four games with the Blackhawks this season (1-0-1).

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