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Canadiens' Kovalev has surgery on right knee

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens winger Alexei Kovalev had
surgery on his right knee in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and could be
sidelined for four to eight weeks.

"He'll be out between four and eight weeks," said team doctor
David Mulder before the Canadiens' game against Florida. "But six
weeks would be a good guesstimate."

The surgery was performed at St. Mary's Hospital by Dr. Charles
Burke, the same surgeon who performed a similar procedure on
Kovalev's right knee four years ago. Kovalev was out of action for
six weeks the last time he underwent the procedure, but Mulder said
this time the operation was not as severe.

"Alex told me he's usually a good healer," Mulder said.

Kovalev has seven goals and 12 assists this season in 18 games.