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Senators RW Havlat to undergo shoulder surgery

OTTAWA (Ticker) - Martin Havlat has decided it’s better to be strong for the playoffs than sub-par during the regular season.

More than a week after suffering a dislocated right shoulder, Havlat on Wednesday decided to undergo surgery, the Ottawa Senators announced.

After scoring a goal in Ottawa’s 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens on November 29, Havlat suffered the injury when crashing into the boards following a check by Michael Ryder in the third period.

Before consulting with team physician Dr. Don Chow and specialist Dr. Anthony Miniaci of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on Wednesday, Havlat sat out three games with the injury. The 24-year-old will have the procedure performed by Dr. Miniaci in the near future and is expected to miss three to four months, meaning his return likely would occur in April.

Havlat received a five-game suspension earlier this season for kicking Boston’s Hal Gill during a 5-1 win on October 15. He returned to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres on November 2, notching his first career four-goal game in a 10-4 victory.

In 16 contests this campaign, Havlat has nine tallies and five assists.

A native of the Czech Republic, Havlat was a first-round selection of the Senators in 1999. He has 105 goals and 128 assists in 296 career games.

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Updated Wednesday, Dec 7, 2005