Habs’ Gallagher sidelined with concussion

Coming off a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens practised at noon Sunday in Brossard as they prepare for a busy week with four games in six days.

The Canadiens play the Carolina Hurricanes Monday at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before travelling to New York to face the Rangers Tuesday night. The New York Islanders visit the Bell Centre Thursday night, followed by the Rangers on Saturday.

Coach Michel Therrien said Brendan Gallagher suffered a concussion when he was hit by Philadelphia defenceman Luke Schenn in the third period Saturday. The Canadiens will follow   the league-mandated concussion protocol. Therrien said Gallagher felt fine on Sunday morning, but he will not play Monday night. It is the second concussion for Gallagher, who suffered one in junior hockey.

Max Pacioretty, who left Saturday’s game after he was cut by Kimmo Timonen’s skate and bruised a rib, practised Sunday and will play Monday. Ditto for Colby Armstrong, who was hit in the face with a puck Saturday.

Carey Price, who missed Saturday’s game with the flu, didn’t practise, but he’s feeling better. He’ll be the backup Monday as Peter Budaj gets another start after stopping 18 of 19 shots against the Flyers. Therrien said he wanted Price to get in a couple of practices before returning to action.

P.K. Subban was sent home after he showed up with a sore throat Sunday, but it’s possible he will play Monday. Ryan White, who has been in Therrien’s doghouse for taking undisciplined penalties and was a healthy scratch the last four games, will take Gallagher’s place in the lineup.

The Canadiens’ practice was short – 45 minutes – and featured a light-hearted game of something called hockey-baseball. Pacioretty said he had never played the game, but Andrei Markov told him it was popular in Russia. Go figure.  

In other news, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller announced that Jeff Skinner, the team’s second-leading scorer, will not play Monday at the Bell Centre. He’s out with an upper-body injury. He hit his head against the boards after a collision with Toronto’s Mark Fraser Friday night.

Robert Mayer, who served as Budaj’s backup Saturday, was returned to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Michael Bournival had a hat-trick for the Bulldogs in a 4-2 win over the Houston Aeros Saturday night in Hamilton. It was the fourth straight victory for the Bulldogs, with goaltender Dustin Tokarski – acquired in a trade last week with Tampa Bay – picking up the victory in his Hamilton debut.

(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

Gallagher sidelined with concussion, by Pat Hickey

Habs medical staff busy, by Pat Hickey

Budaj up to the task, by Dave Stubbs

An unexpected start to season for Habs, by Jack Todd

Gazette photo gallery from Habs practice Sunday

‘Canes Skinner injured, will miss Montreal game, by Raleigh News & Observer


  1. ericandy says:

    Foot injuries needs to be noticed early and it gives you lot of pain. One should notice it for proper diagnosis and take advice from Foot specialist or be aware of necessary treatments.

  2. frontenac1 says:

    Don’t think its wise to count the Sens out just yet amigos. They called a bunch of kids up and that sometimes makes for big Mojo.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    That kid Silferberg wins in shootout. Gotta admit I was pulling for him amigos.

  4. topher5468 says:

    What a shot by Silfverberg , wow, what a release. Martin F was pissed
    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  5. Habfan10912 says:

    My God even 4on 4 involving the Devils is boring. The worst overtime period I’ve ever seen. Of course the Sens didn’t help much.

    Edit: I hate the shootouts to decide who wins. After this game both teams should get the loss. Ugly.

  6. Habilis says:

    Man, you have to feel bad for the Sens. They had a shot to make some noise this year. Now they may not score again this season.

    Then again, is there a better season to tank? Only half a sched and a great draft coming up. This will probably end up making them a solid team for the next decade, providing that Karlsson comes back at close to 100%.

    Now I’m jealous. Stupid Sens. 😉

  7. habs001 says:

    The good start was important because the Habs have played only 5 road games so far(same as the Rangers..while Pitts has played 10)
    The Habs are 2-4 vs teams that are in the playoffs right now…There is still a long way to go for a playoff spot…

  8. Clutch10 says:

    After watching the Schenn hit on Gally how was it not an
    illegal hit? It was exactly what the league is trying to get rid of.

    • Bill says:

      Near as I can tell, the league isn’t trying to get rid of it. They say they are, but they either give out weak suspensions or weasel out of it.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  9. OMG says:

    Just heard on the sports news ELLER will be in Gallaghars spot on the 3rd line
    WHITE will be center on the 4th line.

    Hope we can come away with 2-points

  10. jols101 says:

    Philly taking out their frustrations on the Isles. 4-0 2nd period.

  11. Chrisadiens says:

    Time to test out my shiny new tablet. I couldn’t stomach the horrible mobile version of this site anymore. What did I miss? Is the tank wagon emptying? 9-4-1 Whodathunkit eh? Therrien may be a good coach after all.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  12. jimmy shaker says:

    Another measuring stick game tonight…….(when will it end)

    Shaker out

  13. dhenry1234 says:

    For anyone who missed episode 2 of 24CH. It’s going to be airing at 3PM EST on tsn 2. That’s in 56 minutes.

  14. NoTinFoilCups says:

    Really, a tough break with Gally, hope he will be back soon. This guy had to be the steal of his draft year. All out all the time, the kind of guy you win championships with. He is a Gilmour/Carbonneau in the making.

  15. Bill says:

    We knew when the schedule was released that the Canadiens would have a favourable early schedule. There was a worry that they would take time to get going and miss the opportunity that playing a lot of early home games would provide … glad that didn’t happen! They did what they had to do early to make sure they had a cushion to sit on instead of a hole to dig out of.

    Looking around, some other teams have had some luck too. Boston hasn’t played as many games as other teams, so their schedule will become more compressed. And over half of Toronto’s games have been against sub .500 teams, including six against absolute bottom-feeders in Buffalo, Winnipeg, and Washington.

    So three teams in the division have all had a favourable sked to start the year … not surprisingly, they are the top three teams in said division. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when it evens out.

    Looking ahead, this week the Leafs have an easy slate with four games against Florida, TB, Buffalo, and the decimated Sens. It’s four in six nights, but only one back to back. Three are on the road where they have been at their best.

    Montreal also has four games in six nights, but only one is against a losing team. On the other hand, three are at home, where the Habs have excelled.

    Boston has just one game this week, again against a weak team.

    Looks like Toronto has the upper hand schedule-wise this week, but again, eventually they are going to have play some good teams. And eventually they will have to play Montreal when the team actually shows up for the game.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I think the Leafs have a very good chance of moving ahead of the Habs (hope I’m wrong). They’re facing Florida tonight, Tampa tomorrow and get to play a seriously-depleted Ottawa again this week. They also play Buffalo again.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I was laughing on the other page at Boston’s March schedule.
      It’s insane and I’d be surprised if they survive uninjured into the post-season.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Bill says:

        I took a lot and their March schedule is packed alright. But I found that ten of their 17 games are against bottom-feeders, so if they’re smart they can give a few guys some strategically placed nights off and still dominate. Another three of their games are against Toronto whom they traditionally crush, and who I can’t quite believe are as good a team as their record.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

  16. Mattyleg says:

    It was mentioned below, but I hate the idea of a forward on the point.

    Shots from the point don’t have to be pinpoint-accurate bullets, they just have to be on the net for a deflection. Defencemen should be able to do this just as good -if not better because of training at long-distance shooting- as forwards.

    I’ll never forget watching the puck get chipped past Daniel Alfredsson at the point for a breakaway goal in the playoffs a few years back.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Loonie says:

      True Matty but lost in that is that some players aren’t good at creating space for a shooting lane.

      Josh Gorges is just god awful at it. He tries to create room for a lane and puts himself in terrible positions for shots and it more often than not results in a brutal shot from the boards or a dump in to the corner.

      Bouillon typically shoots very wide looking for deflections because he either can’t, chooses not to or doesn’t see the option of moving to the middle of the ice from his position to create shooting lanes.

      This is one of the big reasons I’d like to see Emelin on the powerplay instead of Gorges and Bouillon.

      Emelin gets shots through traffic regularly and has the awareness to create space by changing his positioning in the zone.

    • Phil C says:

      Good example, that was Pominville in overtime with the SH goal to win the series. Made Alfredsson look like a pylon.


  17. The Jackal says:

    Made the mistake of tuning into Sportsnet That’s Hockey or whatever it’s called… man what a joke!
    All these sports shows that are based in ON are so biased for the Leafs and against the Habs, it’s not even funny.
    One of these Laff homers was discussing the Habs’ playoff chances and said he didn’t think they would make it, that they just stole points from bad teams, and then said they were humiliated by the Laffs. As I recall, the Laffs have been humiliated by the Habs like that in the past, and by many other teams in very recent memory too. On top of that, he lauded the Laffs for beating bad teams they should beat, which is what the Habs have done too, except he spins this same thing into different outlooks… damn Laff homers and Canadian media – it sucks, there is no competition and no incentive to provide a quality product, it’s total crap! They know if it’s hockey then someone will be watching, we’re hockey crazed and only have 2 options in what we watch… totally lame.
    Someone here said yesterday that NBC has surpassed us in it’s quality of hockey coverage, and it’s true….

    • ABHabsfan says:

      Watching that right now too. Kypreos is a goof, and you’re right, it is so TO skewed it’s not even funny. Sure would like to see Corey Perry with the Habs next year though. Would really take some maneuvers to get it done though. Some big salary would have to go.
      NBC cannot pass anyone in coverage while they still employ Milbury and Roenick to spew drivel.

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • NoTinFoilCups says:

        Milbury yes, but what I have seen of Roenick, admittedly not a lot, has given me respect for his insight.
        Please enlighten!

      • Habshire says:

        They make no apologies. It is what it is.

        TSN2 just launched this morning their toronto radio sports station on national television. Doubt if they have the same plans for the rest of their cities.

        By the way, TSN advertising those radio stations between their quick scores at the bottom right of the screen is really really irksome.

  18. Loonie says:

    Interesting anti-tanking information.

    The last place finisher now has a true 25% chance of winning the lottery because the winner gets first pick regardless of where they finished.

    I wouldn’t be thrilled about those odds as a last place team.

    • commandant says:

      You do guarantee yourself 2nd overall though. You can only drop a maximum of 1 spot via the lottery.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

      • Loonie says:

        Very true but I wouldn’t be trying to lead a race for last place under the new system

        Could you imagine the crap storm if the Habs finished last and the Leafs won the lottery from 17th place?

        The venom would be enough to shift the planet off of its axis.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        That’s true Ben but if you finish last the odds really should be better then 25%. Of course as you point out 2nd place isn’t too shabby. Especially this year.


    • Cal says:

      Stops teams from losing on purpose -a little, anyways. And that’s always a good thing. I think the league, watching Edmonton play like crap for years in order to “stock up”, doesn’t like teams being rewarded for incompetency.

  19. sadhabsfan says:

    Hey, any of you astute guys out there. Anybody agree with me that M.T. just does not fancy P.K.? (personality conflict). Who better to put the puck in the net on the P.P.

    Sad no more. That was last year! Les Canadiens sont la!

    • Mattyleg says:

      PK hasn’t been hitting the net.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • sane hockey fan says:

        3 goals in 8 games begs to differ

        • Mattyleg says:

          How many shots have missed the net?
          How many have been tipped in?
          How many of those on the PP?
          Stats don’t tell the whole story.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • jedimyrmidon says:

            But production counts for a lot. 6pts in 8 games.

          • sane hockey fan says:

            How many shots have missed the net? dont know, dont care. How many of Stamkos’ shots miss the net?
            How many have been tipped in? Again, who cares.
            How many have been on the PP? 2/3..not bad

            Stats dont tell the whole story but you ask for more stats?
            I dont care how many shots hit the net or miss it, I care how many go in. 3 goals in 10 games is 24 in 80….small sample size? absolutely but I still wouldn’t take him off of the point on the PP because he has the best/second best shot on the team

          • Mattyleg says:

            Hmm, you didn’t get my post.
            No matter.

            For a team that relies on the shot from the point on the PP as much as we have recently, we need better numbers than that.

            —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I think he’s done a much better job this year Marty.


    • ed says:

      It ‘s not relevant whether Subban is liked or disliked.

      Subban wants to win.

      Therrien wants to win.

      Subban knows he’s going to get 5-6 million per season at some point.

      So, as long as the Habs are winning, I think we should just let the coach do his thing, and let the players play.

      Everything else is irrelevant.

  20. ed says:

    Hockey Canada has Drouin listed at 5’10.5 and 185 lbs.

    Everywhere else he’s at 5’11.

    • commandant says:

      There’s only one way to really know and thats the NHL draft combine. But tons of teams (including Hockey Canada) have fudged numbers for prospects in the past. This is not a new occurence.

      Go Habs Go!
      Check out Top Shelf Prospects, my Team by Team prospect reports

    • scuba says:

      Saw somewhere that had Drouin at 5’10.25 and Mackinnon at 5’11.5.

      I think that is probably about right. Maybe an inch or so between them.

      I can’t tell if the Habs are great or terrible because sometimes they win and sometimes they lose.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Flyers looking much better today, Giroux called out the team.

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