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Havlat's shoulder to be examined Wednesday afternoon

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
Havlat said he injured the shoulder when he slammed into the boards after receiving a hit from Michael Ryder Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Martin Havlat was scheduled to have his dislocated right shoulder examined Wednesday afternoon, and he's hoping to receive some good news.

It's been a frustrating start to the season and he hopes he's not sidelined with his latest setback for long.

"It's always frustrating when you can't play. (The shoulder) doesn't feel that bad now. I never had this before, but I knew (something was wrong) right away. I hope this is it for this year. I just want to get back and get going. I'll find out how good or bad it is today or tonight. It'll take some time to get back but hopefully it will be as soon as possible."

Havlat said he injured the shoulder when he slammed into the boards after receiving a hit from Michael Ryder Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

"I couldn't get my legs in front. The shoulder went out. It took some time, but they popped it back in last night."

Coach Bryan Murray was told that the initial prognosis is positive, considering the circumstances.

"I can't imagine it will be under a month but what I was told that if you dislocate your shoulder, it's the easiest one to come back from for a hockey player."

Murray hopes the injury doesn't affect secondary scoring for the Senators.

"He skated very well (Tuesday) night, scored a goal, and then the accident. If he was playing on the first line he would probably have 12 goals and 20 assists or something like that. From a coaching point of view, all you do is try and win games. Maybe now, with a month or so off, he will have a real urgency to sets stats and be a prime player in the league. He's an offensive threat the way he can attack the net. Somebody else will have to step up now."

Redden skates Wednesday morning
Wade Redden took a brief skate at the Corel Centre Wednesday morning to test his sprained knee suffered in practice last week.

According to coach Bryan Murray, it didn't look like Redden experienced any pain during the test.

"Knowing Wade, he'll work hard to get back soon."

Heatley still composed when speaking of streak
Dany Heatley admits he has some superstitions he has followed during his current scoring streak to start the season, just don't expect to hear about them.

"I have a few superstitions but I'm not going to share them with you," he told reporters Wednesday after practice.

Heatley heads into Boston with a chance to tie Wayne Gretzky's 1988-89 record when he scored a point in his first 23 games as a Los Angeles Kings player. Heatley said he's not going to change a thing about his game tomorrow.

"There's no pressure because we're winning games. I'm happy but there's not a big emphasis on it. The last couple of games we got the point out of the way early. The line continues to do well and hockey's fun right now. Razer (rookie goaltender Ray Emery) got his record yesterday, and we all knew about it. We're quite happy for him."

Emery posted the ninth straight win to start his NHL career. He surpassed Bob Froese Tuesday night, the former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender who held the mark of eight games.

Murray knows a streak like this doesn't come around everyday. He thinks it is more important to Heatley than he is leading on as well.

"After he got his point Tuesday he relaxed and began to play. This doesn't happen to ordinary guys, you have to be an elite player in the league."


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