From Herb Zurkowsky:
Canadiens coach Jacques Martin refused to speculate on veteran defenceman Hal Gill’s status for the seventh and deciding game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between Montreal and Pittsburgh.
“With Hal, it’s the same scenario … a game-time decision,” Martin said on Tuesday, following an optional practice and team meeting at the Canadiens’ Brossard practice facility. “With two more days’ rest, we hope it’ll be better. But we won’t know until tomorrow.”
Gill suffered a laceration behind his left leg on Saturday, after colliding with Penguins’ winger Chris Kunitz early in the third period. Gill skated Monday morning and in the pre-game warmup before being scratched.
Meanwhile, Martin said he expects winger Travis Moen will play tomorrow night. Moen blocked a shot late in Monday’s game.
“At this time of year, I think he’s going to be all right,” the coach said.
Moen, who admitted he was struck in the ribs, said he expects to play.
Seven players – Carey Price, Sergei Kostitsyn, Benoit Pouliot, Ben Maxwell, Glen Metropolit, Ryan O’Byrne and Mathieu Darche – skated for 30 minutes Tuesday morning, before the meeting.
Pouliot, deemed responsible for Sidney Crosby’s first goal of the series, at 7:22 of the opening period, was limited to five shifts and 2:43 ice time on Monday.