Ottawa Senators\' Alex Kovalev, centre, is jostled by Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, left, and Andrei Markov during first period NHL preseason action in Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov will be out of action for at least four months after slicing a tendon in his ankle.
Markov had an operation in a Toronto hospital after Habs goaltender Carey Price caught the Russian with his skate during Montreal's 4-3 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
His absence is expected to be a major loss for the Canadiens as they try to bounce back from last season's disappointing campaign.
The Canadiens play in Buffalo on Saturday.