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Canadiens' Gionta fnot returning in playoffs

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Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Gionta has a torn left biceps and will miss the remainder of the playoffs, the team announced Wednesday.

Gionta will have surgery on Friday to repair the damage. He underwent the same procedure on his right biceps last year.

The 34-year-old Gionta played in only two of four games against the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and contributed one assist. The Canadiens trail 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after a 3-2 loss on Tuesday night.

During the regular season, Gionta played in all 48 games and finished with 14 goals and 12 assists. Last year, he was limited to 31 games after having the biceps surgery in January.

Injuries have taken a toll on the Canadiens in the playoffs this year. Forward Lars Eller was hurt in Game 1, and defenseman Alexei Emelin, winger Ryan White, goalie Carey Price and forward Brandon Prust also are injured.

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