Because the Montreal Canadiens look to proceed staving off elimination by the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, they’re going to have to take action with out considered one of their most essential gamers up entrance.

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

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

Gallagher gave the impression to be shocked 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 verify did some actual harm to Gallagher’s mouth.

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

If the Canadiens survive and are capable of advance to the second spherical, it is potential Gallagher might return to the crew. He would want to endure 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 can be suspended for the incident and can miss Sport 6

Gallagher’s absence could possibly be vital loss for the Canadiens transferring ahead. He co-led the crew in objectives (22) this season regardless of solely taking part in in 59 video games. In Montreal’s three losses to Philadelphia within the collection, the Canadiens have scored a mixed complete of 1 aim. 

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