Hanifin out for season for Flames, will have shoulder surgery

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CALGARY — Noah Hanifin is out for the season for the Calgary Flames and will have shoulder surgery.

The defenseman left a 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at 4:14 of the first period. He initially was injured in a 2-1 loss at Montreal on April 16.

“He’s obviously a great player,” Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane said Sunday. “You never want to see anyone kind of go down like that, right? He’s a good player. He’s good offensively, good defensively, plays a lot of minutes for us, plays key minutes for us. Hopefully he can recover fast and get better.”

Hanifin scored 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 47 games and led Calgary in even-strength ice time per game (18:44) and total even-strength ice time (880:39).

The Flames (21-23-3) are fifth in the seven-team Scotia North Division, four points behind the Canadiens, entering their home game against Montreal on Monday (6:30 p.m. ET; SNW, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV). The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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