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Torn ACL ends Alex Kovalev’s year

Alex Kovalev;

Montreal Canadiens’ Alex Kovalev, from Russia, leaves the conference room after speaking to the media in Brossard, Quebec, on Thursday, April 23, 2009. The Canadiens were elimiinated in four-straight games by the Boston Bruins in a first-round playoff hockey series. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)


Bad news for the Ottawa Senators (although some who consider him particularly frustrating might sarcastically say it’s good news): Alex Kovalev will not return for the playoffs after tearing his ACL. The news comes from the Habs Inside/Out Twitter feed. Kovalev has - for better and often for worse - delivered as advertised this season. He only has 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points so far and has been especially bad in the last month, only scoring one goal and one assist since the Olympic Break. Still, few can ignore the mercurial Russian’s skills, so there at least has to be some heartache for an Ottawa Senators team that is long on effort but short on scoring depth.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner.)