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Canadiens' Drouin, Byron to have surgery

Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Montreal, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) Canadiens forwards Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron are scheduled for surgery and will be out indefinitely.

Drouin injured a wrist and Byron a knee Friday during Montreal's 5-2 victory at Washington. Coach Claude Julien says the team hopes to have a better idea in a few days on when they can return.

Drouin was leveled by a hard check by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in the second period, though the Canadiens say his injury came from an unrelated play in the third period. Drouin has been off to a strong start with seven goals and eight assists in 19 games.

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