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Lightning goalie Kolzig likely done for season

Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Olaf Kolzig will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with a biceps tear in his left forearm.

Tampa Bay Lightning backup goaltender Olaf Kolzig will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with a biceps tear in his left forearm.

Kolzig will have what is expected to be season-ending surgery on Saturday, a procedure that usually takes three to four months to recover from.

Washington Capitals team doctor Ben Shaffer, who has operated on Kolzig in the past, will perform the surgery.

Kolzig last played for the Lightning against the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 11, before experiencing pain in the arm during a practice.

"It's not completely torn, but it is probably one shot away from it," Kolzig said through the team's newsletter.

Kolzig, 38, ranks 21st among all-time goaltenders with 303 victories.

He signed with the Lightning as a free agent in July following 16 seasons with Washington.

Kolzig struggled prior to his injury, going 2-4-1 with a 3.66 goals-against-average in eight games this season.

With files from the Associated Press