As the Canadiens closed shop for the season, the full extent of the team’s injuries was revealed. The Canadiens went into the playoffs without defenceman Alexei Emelin, who is awaiting knee surgery for a torn ACL. And Lars Eller exited in Game 1 with a broken nose, a concussion and some dental issues after being hit by Ottawa’s Eric Gryba. By the end of the series, the Canadiens had also lost Ryan White, Brandon Prust, Brian Gionta and goaltender Carey Price. White suffered the most bizarre injury when he collided with teammate Travis Moen in Game 4. “It was near the end of the second period and we were going after Marc Methot,” White said. “I knew after the hit that something didn’t feel right, but I went out for one shift in the third period.” White said he thought he had a bruised rib, but tests showed he had a punctured lung. Prust had a rib problem, which resulted when he collided with Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson in the corner. “The rib was sticking and so I pushed it back in,” Prust explained. White and Prust are looking at 3-4 weeks of rest. Gionta wasn’t on hand Saturday at the team’s training complex in Brossard, but he gets a pass because he had surgery Friday to repair a torn bicep. Price said he suffered a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament when he went down awkwardly when Cory Conacher tied the score late in Game 4. Price said he tried to skate it off, but he was unable to play in overtime. The injury will not require surgery, but Price will be taking it easy for 4-6 weeks.
Bounced Habs go home to heal
Montreal Gazette | May 12