The last time we saw Max Pacioretty on the ice for the Montreal Canadiens, he was being taken off on a stretcher after being run into a stanchion by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. After police investigations, a feisty playoff series between the Bruins and Canadiens, and just over six months gone, Pacioretty was back on the ice in a game.
Pacioretty suited up tonight for the Canadiens in their preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres and for Pacioretty, it was his first step towards getting back into the mix full time for Montreal.
After suffering broken vertebra in his neck and a severe concussion, Pacioretty playing once again gives the Habs great hope that he’ll be able to continue his ascension in Montreal as one of their better forwards. Seeing him get back to action also shows the strangeness for how treating a concussion works. We’ve seen how guys like Sidney Crosby, David Perron, and Peter Mueller among others have lost months and even a season’s worth of action while dealing with their head injuries.
Pacioretty is just over six months removed from his concussion and is back to game action. Some believe that players who suffer concussions can come back quickly and get right back to action. Given the severity of Pacioretty’s injury, you’d think that six months would be a relatively quick amount of time. Judging these injuries based how others treat them, however, is wrong to do. Different players respond differently to treatment. Pacioretty has apparently moved quickly in his recovery.
After seeing Chara’s investigation in Montreal come to a close and with Pacioretty back on the ice, the only final piece left for full closure is for both of them to face each other on the ice in a regular season game. Good luck toning down the hype that will build for that first match up in Montreal.
Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.