The Canadiens returned home following Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Ottawa.
Down 3-1 in the series, the Canadiens will be facing elimination in Game 5 Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
The Canadiens announced Wednesday that captain Brian Gionta will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a torn left bicep and will not return this season. Brandon Prust and Ryan White will both miss Thursday’s game with upper-body injuries, while goalie Carey Price is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Gionta had surgery on his right bicep last season.
Hear what Gionta had to say Wednesday about his injury by clicking here.
Hear what goalie Peter Budaj, who replaced the injured Price in overtime Tuesday, had to say Wednesday by clicking here.
The Canadiens held a team stretching session Wednesday afternoon in Brossard, while goalies Budaj and Robert Mayer hit the ice for a practice session along with Mike Blunden, Yannick Weber, Tomas Kaberle and Davis Drewiske. Lars Eller skated alone earlier Wednesday for the first time since being injured in Game 1 from a check by Eric Gryba, who was suspended for two games by the NHL. Eller was briefly hospitalized after suffering a loss of consciousness, a concussion, and facial and dental fractures from the hit.
Defenceman Josh Gorges felt the Canadiens sat back too much while trying to protect a 2-0 lead in the third period of Game 4 in Ottawa.
“We sat back,” Gorges told reporters after the game. “We were all right, We got pucks when we needed to, but then we allowed them to come into our zone too easily and then there was a scramble at the end. We did some good things but we didn’t win.”
(Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)