Capitals’ Karl Alzner undergoes sports hernia surgery

Ottawa Senators center Zack Smith (15) and Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) battle for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals say defenceman Karl Alzner had sports hernia surgery and is expected to be “completely healthy” before the start of next season.

Alzner had the operation Wednesday.

He was injured during Washington’s second-round playoff loss to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.

Alzner had four goals and 17 assists during the regular season, helping the Capitals win the Presidents’ Trophy. He appeared in every one of the team’s 94 games, including the post-season.

The 27-year-old Alzner’s contract expires after the 2016-17 season.

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