Brendan Gallagher out ‘minimum’ eight weeks after hand surgery

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The Montreal Canadiens have another significant injury to overcome.

The Habs announced this morning that winger Brendan Gallagher had surgery last night on his fractured left hand. A “minimum” of eight weeks is expected for recovery, the club said.

Gallagher has six goals and 12 assists in 39 games. Though his goal totals are down, he remains an important part of the Canadiens’ attack. His 112 shots are second on the team to only Max Pacioretty‘s 123.

Gallagher was hurt in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime victory in Dallas.

The good news? Alex Galchenyuk is getting close to a return from his knee injury.

Montreal plays tomorrow in Toronto.

The Canadiens (24-9-6) have a 10-point lead atop the Atlantic Division.

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Related: Habs recall pair of AHL forwards after Gallagher, Byron hurt in Dallas

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