Dandenault has surgery to repair broken arm, Higgins goes for MRI

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mathieu Dandenault had surgery to repair his broken left arm, the NHL club announced Wednesday.

Dandenault left Montreal’s 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night in the second period after being hit along the boards by Dustin Boyd.

With his left arm dangling by his side, the veteran defenceman skated back to the front of his net and held his position, despite another shove from Boyd, for several seconds until play was stopped. He will be out indefinitely.

Forward Christopher Higgins also left the game in the first period with what appeared to be a wrist injury after he was hit into the boards.

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Higgins went for an MRI on Wednesday to determine the extent of what the club called an “upper body injury.” He will not play Thursday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and either of forwards Georges Laraque or Guillaume Latendresse, who all sat out the Calgary game, are to replace the injured players.

The Canadiens also announced that they have moved forward Olivier Latendresse, the older brother of Guillaume, from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

Olivier Latendresse, 22, leads the Cyclones with 18 goals and 15 assists in 23 games. He won a Kelly Cup with Cincinnati last season.