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Markov returns to Canada with apparent knee injury @NHL

PITTSBURGH (AP) -Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov returned to Montreal to be examined by doctors after apparently injuring his right knee during Game 1 against Pittsburgh.

Markov was unable to put any weight on his right leg after being hit along the boards by Penguins forward Matt Cooke during the first period on Friday night. Markov stayed on the ice for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room.

The Canadiens did not say Saturday how long their top defenseman will be out. Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The Canadiens were 14-20-3 when Markov was out this season. He was sidelined from Oct. 3 until Dec. 19 after having tendons sliced in his left foot during the team's second regular season game.

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