Andrei Markov suffers right knee injury

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens updated Andrei Markov's injury status Tuesday night before their game against the Philadelphia Flyers, announcing that the star defenseman indeed suffered a right knee injury and that a "long-term absence" was expected.

Markov was injured Saturday night during a 7-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, crumbling to the ice after injuring the same knee he had surgically repaired last summer. The Russian blueliner missed the first 10 games of the regular season recovering from that offseason surgery. He had one goal and two assists in seven games back before injuring the knee again.

Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.