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Blackhawks' Khabibulin undergoes surgery

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Updated: 1/07 1:59 pm

Chicago, IL ( - The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Tuesday that goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin underwent successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

The 40-year-old netminder had the procedure performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Michael Terry, the team's head physician.

"Nikolai underwent surgery today on his right shoulder," Terry said. "He had a rotator cuff injury which was becoming increasingly symptomatic that we repaired. The procedure went very well and I anticipate a full recovery. He should be able to return to hockey in four to five months."

The 18-year veteran has appeared in four games with Chicago this season, earning a 1-0-1 record.

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