Canadiens relieved Higgins' shoulder not as badly injured as feared

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Carbonneau says Higgins will accompany the team for games Thursday in Nashville and Saturday at the New York Islanders and may be able to play both. Higgins appeared to injure a shoulder early in the third period of a 5-3 win Tuesday night over the Washington Capitals. The team would only say he injured his upper body.

The first-line winger scored two goals to break a 16-game scoring drought.

Defenceman Craig Rivet will also be on the trip but is not likely to play because he is still weak from a bout of pneumonia.

Winger Alex Kovalev (sore elbow), centre Steve Begin (broken foot) and goalie Cristobal Huet (torn hamstring) are out of the lineup.

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