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Saturday, February 8, 2014

UPDATED: Canadiens and U.S. Olympian Max Pacioretty Leaves Game


By on 2/08/2014 07:51:00 PM

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty left Saturday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes and did not return. As reported by Kurt Dusterberg on NHL.com, Pacioretty left with 7:30 remaining in the first period. The injury occurred as he was driving towards the net, and was hit into the post by Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore.

Pacioretty was helped off the ice by the team's trainer. He seemed to be favoring his left arm. However, the team later confirmed that it's a lower-body injury. Based on the way he crashed into the post, it may also be a hip injury.

In 49 games played this season, the 25-year-old leads the Habs with 26 goals. With his 11 assists, he is second on the team in points.  He's currently averaging over 18 minutes per game.

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This is also terrible news for the U.S. Olympic team. The team is scheduled to leave for Sochi on Sunday. There's no official word as to who is the first replacement forward in case of injury.

Should Pacioretty be seriously injured, the good news for the Canadiens is that the Olympic break is upon us. As such, he has two weeks to rest up without missing any games.


Update: After the game, Pacioretty confirmed that he'll be flying to Sochi.

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