Because the Montreal Canadiens look to proceed staving off elimination by the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, they will have to take action with out one in every of their most necessary gamers up entrance.

It was introduced Thursday that Habs ahead Brendan Gallagher suffered a damaged jaw throughout Recreation 5 on Wednesday evening and he might want to bear surgical procedure to restore the damage. That surgical procedure will drive Gallagher to go away the Toronto bubble and miss the rest of the group’s opening spherical collection towards the Flyers. 

Gallagher suffered the damage with about 5 minutes remaining within the third interval of Recreation 5 when Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen delivered a cross-check to Gallagher’s face. 

Gallagher gave the impression to be surprised by the cross-check and remained seated on the ice for a second. As he started bleeding from the mouth, he appealed to the referees for a penalty name however no name was made. As he headed to the bench for repairs, it turned more and more obvious that Niskanen’s test did some actual harm to Gallagher’s mouth.

Gallagher remained within the sport and performed the remainder of the third interval. The Canadiens gained the sport 5-3 to keep away from elimination and minimize the collection deficit to 3-2.  

If the Canadiens survive and are in a position to advance to the second spherical, it is doable Gallagher may return to the group. He would wish to bear a quarantine interval upon re-entering the bubble.

Whereas Niskanen’s cross-check wasn’t penalized on the ice, the NHL’s Division of Participant Security introduced Thursday that the veteran defenseman would have a listening to for the incident. He faces a possible suspension forward of Friday’s Recreation 6.

Gallagher’s absence might be important loss for the Canadiens shifting ahead. He co-led the group in targets (22) this season regardless of solely enjoying in 59 video games. In Montreal’s three losses to Philadelphia within the collection, the Canadiens have scored a mixed complete of 1 purpose. 


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