The Penguins characterized the surgery Pascal Dupuis had Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee as “successful.”
They didn’t call it “miraculous,” however, which means that even though no prognosis has been made public, Dupuis is expected to miss the rest of the 2013-14 season.
Team officials have acknowledged that likelihood since shortly after Dupuis was injured Dec. 23 in a 5-0 loss at Ottawa.
He was hurt when Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot caught center Sidney Crosby with a check that sent him into the air. Crosby landed on the outside of Dupuis’ right leg, causing his knee to cave inward.
Dupuis, one of the Penguins’ most effective two-way forwards, had seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games before being hurt.
He also was a fixture on their No. 2-ranked penalty-killing unit, averaging one minute, 58 seconds of short-handed work per game.
Dupuis, 34, is in the first season of a four-year contract worth $3.75 million per season.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG.