It hurts to be Havlat

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

BOSTON -- Martin Havlat stood with his right arm in a sling, a toque pulled over his head -- and a frustrating season hanging in the balance.

The Senators winger was still hurting after suffering a dislocated right shoulder on a hit from Michael Ryder in a 4-0 victory over Montreal Tuesday night.

Havlat, who had an MRI yesterday, is going to visit a shoulder specialist in Ottawa today. He'll be gone a minimum of 4-6 weeks and if surgery is necessary, he could be out 4-6 months. Early indications are surgery looks doubtful.

"It was a clean hit (from Ryder), but it may have been a little late," said Havlat. "I didn't have the puck. That's the thing that bothered me.

"There's not much I can do. It's frustrating. You want to be out there playing. This is going to be tough. It feels a little better. I knew right away I was in trouble. I don't just lie on the ice for nothing. There was a lot of pain."

The Senators have recalled winger Brandon Bochenski, a standout in training camp, from Binghamton to suit up tonight against Boston.

It's been a tough year for Havlat:

- He was suspended five games for kicking Boston D Hal Gill in the groin on Oct. 15.

- He left in the first period of a Nov. 22 game against Carolina because of a hamstring injury. He missed a game against the New York Islanders.

It was supposed to be a breakout year for Havlat, who has nine goals and five assists in 16 games.

"We were talking as a coaching staff about what that top line would have been like if we had put Martin Havlat up to play with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "It definitely would have made his stats quite a bit different.

"He served the suspension, then had the hamstring problem. He scored a goal (against Montreal) and was skating well. Hopefully, he'll be able to get back, get some playing time, put up some numbers and be prepared for the playoffs."


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