January 18, 2011
The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1 in overtime, on Tuesday night. The amazing part, at the rate they were going, was that they actually had enough healthy bodies to finish the game -- and gutted out an impressive effort in the face of mounting injuries.
Michael Cammalleri(notes) was crosschecked into the boards by Sabres' Mike Weber(notes) and emerged with a left shoulder injury, reported by TSN to be a probable separation that will put Cammalleri on the shelf for two weeks. Max Pacioretty was drilled in the midsection by a point shot off the stick of teammate James Wisniewski(notes). RDS reported it to be a rib injury, and Pacioretty was taken to hospital on a stretcher, connected to intravenous fluids, said to be for observation and to ensure that Pacioretty had suffered no internal injuries.
Centre Jeff Halpern was hit twice with high checks and left the game for a bit, returning in the second but playing very little. Defenceman P.K. Subban was smoked in the foot with a shot and nearly collapsed leaving the ice, but returned. Scott Gomez(notes) and Andrei Kostitsyn(notes) were both hobbled by third-period shots. Hal Gill(notes) seemed to have taken a shot off his hand in overtime.
Dave Stubbs of Habs I/O mentioned Pacioretty left on a stretcher, and here's that footage (via Kukla):
Jacques Martin said after the game that there's no update on Pacioretty yet.