MONTREAL- DECEMBER 4: Former Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur speaks to fans during the Centennial Celebration ceremonies prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins on December 4, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Bruins 5-1.
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Former New York Ranger and Montreal Canadian Guy Lafleur recovering in a Montreal hospital following lung surgery.

Five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens and former New York Rangers winger, Guy Lafleur, is recovering from lung surgery.

On Thursday, Lafleur had a lobe and ganglions removed from one of his lungs, per the Montreal Canadiens.

“Guy Lafleur underwent surgery at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal (CHUM) on Nov. 28,” the Canadiens announced per “The operation was successful. Guy Lafleur will remain under observation at the hospital and is expected to return home in the coming days to continue his recovery.

The “Flower” has experienced a rough past few months. The 68-year-old underwent quadruple-bypass surgery in September.

Lafleur played 17 years in the NHL, the first 14 while wearing the famous crest of the Montreal Canadiens. Along with his five Stanley Cup rings, he was also a six-time All-Star, two-time NHL MVP (Hart Trophy winner) and a three-time Art Ross winner (leading scorer).

Guy retired 19 games into the 1984-85 season. He came out of retirement for the 1988-89 season when he played on Broadway for the Rangers. The Flower appeared in 64 games for the Blueshirts that season, registering 18 goals and 45 points.

He then played the next two seasons with the Quebec Nordiques before retiring for good in 1991.

Guy Lafleur was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017.

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