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Habs' Pacioretty leaves game against Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- U.S. Olympian Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens was helped off the ice in the first period Saturday night in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The left winger was out for the rest of the game, according to team officials, who reported the ailment as a lower-body injury.

Montreal was playing its final game prior to the Olympic break, immediately leading to speculation about Pacioretty's status with the U.S. Olympic team. Pacioretty told Montreal media following the game that he is still traveling to Sochi, Russia, to join the team Sunday, however.

Pacioretty, who is a native of Connecticut, leads the Canadiens with 26 goals and 37 points.

He crashed into the net after contact from Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore.

Pacioretty scored a total of three goals in two previous games against Carolina, while he was coming off a hat trick two nights earlier against Vancouver.
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