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10/15/2006 2:04:28 PM


MONTREAL (CP) - The Montreal Canadiens lost more than the game Saturday night as defencemen Craig Rivet and Mathieu Dandenault did not finish the 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Rivet took a shot off a foot during a power play midway through the third period and struggled to get back to the bench, while Dandenault came away from a corner hit limping later in the same period.

Both blueliners will both undergo MRIs on Sunday.

Montreal was forced to play the final few minutes of regulation and overtime with four defencemen.

"It wasn't easy, but we've all played lots of hockey before, so we were able to get through it," said Janne Niinimaa, making his home debut with the Canadiens.

"We had tied the game already, so we just wanted to make it to overtime and secure the point first, then try and get the second one."

The Canadiens are already thin on the blue line as Francis Bouillon continues his recovery from off-season knee surgery, so losing Rivet and Dandenault would be a tough blow.

Mark Streit is on the roster if either injury is serious enough to put Tuesday's home game against the Calgary Flames in jeopardy, but if both players are unavailable a call-up from the Hamilton Bulldogs would be necessary.

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