Koivu skated today, sources say

From Herb Zurkowsky down at the Bell Centre.

Canadiens captain Saku Koivu did, indeed, go for x-rays yesterday on the broken bone in his foot.

Although Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau, in his daily media briefing, claimed he had yet to receive an update, a source told The Gazette Koivu in fact skated on his own at the Bell Centre before the team’s late-afternoon practice.

Koivu missed the final four regular-season games with the injury, and has yet to make an appearance in the Canadiens’
quarterfinal playoff series against Boston. With Montreal leading the series 3-1 heading into Thursday’s fifth game on home ice, there’s likely no reason to rush Koivu back.

Likewise for injured defenceman Francis Bouillon, the coach added.

“I’d like to see these two in the lineup, but we’re not going to rush them,” Carbonneau said. “I don’t want
to see them come back for one game, (suffer a recurrence) and be out for two weeks.”

Bouillon, who missed the last three games of the season with an ankle injury, is listed as day-to-day, according to Carbonneau.
The coach said Bouillon’s condition is improving daily and he was expected to participate in the team’s workout on Wednesday.


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