Ouch! That was a common reaction Saturday as the Canadiens revealed the full extent of the injuries that plagued the team as the season came to an end. The media reaction ranged from fascinated to squeamish as players filled in the details of what had been described as upper- and lower-body ailments. Ryan 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 along the boards and we ended up hitting each other,” White said. “I knew after the hit that something didn’t feel right, but I went out for one shift in the third period and I realized I couldn’t do it.” White said he thought he had a bruised rib, but X-rays showed he had a punctured lung. Brandon Prust had a broken rib that resulted from a fall as he chased Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson to a loose puck in the corner. “The rib was sticking out and so I pushed it back in,” Prust explained matter-of-factly. White and Prust are looking at three to four weeks of rest. Captain Brian Gionta wasn’t on hand Saturday at the team’s training complex in Brossard, but gets a pass because he had surgery Friday to repair a torn biceps. Gionta was injured in Game 1, missed Game 2 and then returned for Game 3. He played more than 18 minutes in that game, but the injury left him unable to play effectively. Carey Price didn’t come out for the overtime in Game 4 and the speculation was that he suffered a groin or hamstring injury. In fact, the goaltender suffered a second-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament when he went down awkwardly after Cory Conacher tied the score late in the game. Price said he tried to skate it off, but was unable to continue. The injury will not require surgery, but Price will be taking it easy for four to six weeks. Max Pacioretty suffered a separated shoulder in Game 1, but continued to play. He’ll have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury and doesn’t believe surgery is in the works. There wasn’t much mystery about the damage Lars Eller suffered when he was blindsided by Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba in Game 1. Eller came away with a concussion, a broken nose and some broken teeth. He had a couple of steri-strips holding the skin on his nose together as he addressed the media Saturday.
Habs injury report: fascinating and squeamish
Montreal Gazette | May 12