There will be no shortage of walking wounded when the Canadiens players clear out their lockers Saturday afternoon in Brossard before heading their separate ways for the summer.
Missing from the Game 5 loss to the Senators on Thursday night that eliminated the Canadiens were goalie Carey Price (knee), captain Brian Gionta (torn bicep tendon), Lars Eller (broken nose, teeth, concussion), Ryan White (upper-body injury), Alexei Emelin (knee) and Brandon Prust (upper-body injury).
Prust gave The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs the details about his “upper-body” injury, which was a separated rib (ouch!).
Prust suffered the injury in Game 4. When he returned to the Canadiens dressing room he pressed his palms against his rib cage and popped the rib mostly back into place.
“And the pain kinda went away,” he told Stubbs late Friday afternoon.
“I felt my ribs and thought: ‘Geez, what the hell?’ ” Prust recalled. “I could feel it as I kept playing. Then the last play of the third, when they tied it up, I fell to the ice and the rib popped out a little bit.
“I started spasming. I couldn’t move. We went into the room and I kinda felt good, thinking: ‘It’ll be all right, I think I can play with it.’ Then I went out for overtime, was skating up the ice along the far boards and it went, ‘pop.’ ”
As Stubbs writes: In fact, the rib had torn itself free from the cartilage that holds it in place at the chest.
Prust once again lived up to his motto: “It’s just pain.”
Check back later this afternoon when The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell will have an HIO report on the Habs clearing out their lockers.
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