(File photo: Allen McInnis/The Gazette)
It was a costly 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators Saturday night for the Canadiens with Daniel Brière suffering a concussion and Brandon Prust an upper-body injury. The Canadiens said Prust will be re-evaluated on Sunday and they should know more on Monday.
Brière, who signed with the Canadiens as a free agent last summer, headed to the dressing room in the second period after being checked by Eric Nystrom. Canadiens’ coach Michel Therrien said after the game that he thought it was accidental. (No penalty was called on the play.)
Brière suffered a concussion in each of the past two seasons with his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
Prust crashed into the boards chasing a loose puck in the third period, banging his right shoulder.
The Canadiens are already without Max Pacioretty, their leading point-getter the past two seasons. He’s expected to be out for three weeks with a strained hamstring.
The Canadiens thought they had the go-ahead goal in the third-period when Lars Eller swatted the puck in a goalmouth scramble but it was disallowed.
The referee who called it a goal thought the puck had crossed the line, Therrien said. “His three (colleagues) explained to me that they didn’t think the puck had gone in. So they went to video and they determined that the goal wasn’t good.”
You can hear what Eller had to say here:
And you can hear what Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta had to say here: