Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner has sports hernia surgery

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals say defenseman 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 postseason.

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

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