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Caps G Johnson needs hip surgery, out 6-8 weeks @NHLdotcom

WASHINGTON (AP) -Capitals goalie Brent Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.

The decision to have the operation was made Thursday. The Capitals said Johnson could be out six-to-eight weeks. He is 12-6-2 this season with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

Johnson's absence leaves the Capitals without an experienced goalie to back up Jose Theodore.

Also Thursday, Washington captain Chris Clark had surgery on his right wrist. The right wing is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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