Sens’ Michalek out with torn knee ligament

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

defenseman 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 says the ligament was completely torn during the Senators’

5-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Michalek needs an

operation and won’t return until next season.

Michalek will be replaced by Ryan Shannon, who is healthy but

has been held out of the lineup lately.