The Montreal Canadiens were already limping into the All-Star break, and now they have to worry about the health of Max Pacioretty.
Pacioretty won’t return to Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after an unfortunate accident, as teammate P.K. Subban‘s shot caught him up high.
You can watch that painful moment in the video above.
Known as “Wolverine,” Pacioretty’s toughness and resounding healing ability has been well-documented. That must be a heartening consideration for Habs fans, yet that doesn’t guarantee that he’ll avoid missing time.
Update: As feared, Montreal also lost its second game against the disappointing Columbus Blue Jackets in as many nights, falling 5-2.
Fleury shines as Penguins take Devils’ wild card spot
The Pittsburgh Penguins are red-hot right now, to the point that they probably wish that the All-Star break could be postponed.
It was a battle of hot Eastern Conference bubble teams on Tuesday, and Marc-Andre Fleury really stood out in blanking the New Jersey Devils for a 2-0 Pittsburgh win.
(Full highlights will be added when available, as Fleury made some nice stops among his 25 saves.)
The Devils saw a four-game winning streak come to an end to the Penguins, who’ve won three straight and four of five during their own torrid run.
Maybe most significantly, this results pushes the Penguins into the East’s second wild card spot. Pittsburgh holds two games in hand on the Devils, so they get the tiebreaker with each team at 55 standings points.
Pittsburgh isn’t just looking down, as the Penguins now find themselves in the mix for the third or maybe even second seed in the Metro.
Here’s how it looks right now:
2. Rangers – 59 points, 49 games played
3. Islanders – 56 points, 47 GP
WC 2. Penguins – 55 points, 48 GP
Devils – 55 points, 50 GP
One would imagine that the Penguins are content with the idea of getting into the postseason, at least right now.
The rest of the East might be a little anxious, especially with how Sidney Crosby‘s been looking lately:
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Yeah, things are getting pretty ugly for the Montreal Canadiens.
They still have time to come back and avoid consecutive losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but as of this writing, the risk is real. If that wasn’t enough, the team announced that Daniel Carr is expected to miss three months with the knee injury he suffered on Monday.
Here’s the official announcement:
Medical update: @DanCarr9 suffered a right knee injury last night in Columbus. He will be out 3 months.