Sens' MacArthur won't need surgery to fix hand

Clarke MacArthur of the Ottawa Senators celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period in...

Clarke MacArthur of the Ottawa Senators celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period in NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks on March 02, 2014 during the 2014 Heritage Classic. (Rich Lam/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:22 PM ET

The Senators got some good news Saturday.

Winger Clarke MacArthur, who injured a tendon in his hand fighting with Calgaryís Chris Butler Wednesday, wonít require surgery after being sent back to Ottawa to see a specialist.

MacArthur didnít suit up Saturday against the Jets and wonít play Monday against the Nashville Predators at home either. He could return next Saturday at in Montreal against the Canadiens.

"The only update I have is they donít need to do surgery so thatís as positive as it could be," said coach Paul MacLean before Saturdayís game.

"Itís more to do with pain threshold and ability to hang onto the stick. Those will be the factors that go into it."

The incident took place 19 seconds into the third period of the 4-1 loss. MacArthur had just made a clean hit on Jiri Hudler and had to drop the gloves with Butler because thatís the law of the land.

"It appears thatís the way it is in the NHL: Itís a No hitter league. If you hit anybody too hard you have to fight all the time. Thatís just the way it is but I donít think he had much recourse," said MacLean.

With MacArthur out of the lineup, the Senators decided not to call anybody up from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton for the final game of this trip. Winger Matt Kassian played instead.


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