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Sens lose Michalek for rest of playoffs with torn knee ligament; surgery needed

PITTSBURGH – Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek will miss the rest of the NHL playoffs because of a torn knee ligament that will require surgery.

The Senators already were without another of their top six forwards. Alex Kovalev also has a torn knee ligament, and defenceman Filip Kuba has an injured back.

Michalek had been playing with a brace to protect the partially torn ligament in his left knee. Senators general manager Bryan Murray said the ligament was completely torn during the Senators’ 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

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Michalek needs an operation and won’t return until next season. He will be replaced by Ryan Shannon, who is healthy but has been held out of the lineup lately.