(Photo: Dario Ayala, The Gazette)
The mood was sombre in the Canadiens’ dressing room after the team’s 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a game that saw George Parros taken off the ice on a gurney after falling on his chin during a fight.
The team announced after the game that Parros suffered a concussion, was conscious and alert and in hospital for further tests.
Parros fell during a fight with Leafs’ forward Colton Orr and appeared to be knocked unconscious. It was Parros’ first game with the Habs, having missed the preseason matches as he recovered from rotator cuff surgery last May. The Habs acquired Parros from the Florida Panthers in July.
“Anytime you see a guy go down no matter what team (he’s) on it’s pretty scary so hopefully things are alright and we’ll bounce back,” said Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta.
Coach Michel Therrien called it bad luck what happened to Parros and not something that occurs often.
“I heard that he was alert when he got to the dressing room so that’s a good thing.”
When the Canadiens started the second period, they took penalties that broke their rhythm, Therrien said.
“You can’t take six minor penalties after two periods and have the tempo of a game,” he said.
The line centred by Lars Eller, who scored two goals, was the team’s best Tuesday night, Therrien acknowledged.
“They were the best because they skated. They were the best because they were the fast on the puck. That’s the reason they had success tonight.”
You can hear what Gionta had to say here:
You can hear what Daniel Brière, who played his first game as a Hab, had to say after the game here:
And you can listen to Eller here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)