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Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn sidelined indefinitely after knee surgery

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his left knee Friday.

The 24-year-old left winger has not played since being hit by the Florida Panthers’ Keith Ballard during a game on New Year’s Eve.

A team spokesman says the club hopes to have further details on Kostitsyn’s recovery later Friday.

RDS network reports Kostitsyn will be out of the lineup from four to six weeks.

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The injury puts into question whether Kostitsyn will be available to Belarus for the Vancouver Olympics.

He has 12 goals and 13 assists in 40 games this season.

After a disappointing start, the promising young winger caught fire in December and was a productive member of a line with Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec.