From The Gazette’s Pat Hickey in Uniondale:
Patrice Brisebois gave his best effort to stay in the Canadiens lineup, but the veteran defenceman faced up to reality after yesterday’s morning skate.
"I can’t go," said Brisebois, who has been hobbling since he was struck in the foot by a shot from Marcel Hossa during the third period of Saturday’s loss to the New York Rangers.
Brisebois participated in a full 90-minute practice Monday, but was limping as he left the Islanders’ practice facility in nearby Syosset. He had another full workout yesterday, but the pain and a lack of mobility ended his chances of playing last night.
"I was okay if I was going straight, but I couldn’t pivot," said Brisebois, who had been back in the lineup for three games after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury. "I hope there’s nothing broken, but it doesn’t feel right."
His absence forced coach Guy Carbonneau to shuffle his lineup. Mark Streit moved back to defence as Roman Hamrlik’s partner, while forward Tom Kostopoulos was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past two games.