CKAC: MaxPac fractures rib; no recalls yet

Canadiens head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend tends to fallen Habs forward Max Pacioretty last night in Buffalo.
Doug Benz, Reuters

UPDATE: Martin McGuire of CKAC radio, who travels with the team and does its French-language play-by-play, reports this morning that Max Pacioretty suffered a fractured rib last night when struck by a slap shot off the stick of teammate James Wisniewski. That could put the forward out of action for a month, leaving him to avoid any contact for a few weeks though he’ll be able to keep skating to maintain his cardivascular fitness.

Also hurt Tuesday were Michael Cammalleri, who might have a separation of the left shoulder that could keep him out for a month, and Jeff Halpern, also believed to be dealing with a shoulder issue. Other players were bruised and limping, but Cammalleri and Pacioretty left Tuesday’s 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo in the first period and Halpern saw almost no ice after he was hurt.

At 12:15 pm ET, Canadiens spokesman Dominick Saillant said the club
had no official update on any of their injured players, and that at that time no one had as yet been recalled from Hamilton.

• Andrei Markov apparently was spotted at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport this morning. Markov said last Friday that he’d be travelling this week to Birmingham, Ala., for a checkup with surgeon James Andrews, who did the Dec. 8 operation to reconstruct the Habs defenceman’s right knee.

Teammate Josh Gorges is on Andrews’s operating table today undergoing a similar ACL rebuild, so it makes sense that Markov will be there today, flying home tomorrow with his fellow rearguard.

The Canadiens return to the ice tomorrow in Brossard to prepare for back-to-backs Friday and Saturday in Ottawa and home vs. Anaheim.

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