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Washington Capitals goalie Henrik Lundqvist is to undergo open heart surgery, he said on Monday The 38-year-old Swede, who enjoyed success with the New York Rangers before signing with the Capitals in October, previously announced he would sit out the upcoming NHL season due to a heart condition. “Last 3 weeks my focus has shifted from training camp and the upcoming season to my health and what I can and can't do,” Lundqvist posted on Twitter. “Scheduled for an open heart surgery now — aortic valve replacemen­t, aortic root and ascending aortic replacemen­t, to be more exact. We all have our mountains to climb. Staying positive here and set on the road to recovery.” Lundqvist holds more than 50 Rangers franchise records, including the all-time mark for wins, appearance­s by a goalie, shutouts, playoff appearance­s and playoff wins. Known as “The King,” Lundqvist also won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender for the 2011-12 season and was a finalist for the award in four other years.

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