The Montreal Canadiens have (finally) released an injury update concerning Max Pacioretty. The forward was helped off of the ice when the Canadiens took on the Winnipeg Jets on October 15. The good news was that they managed to secure a 3-0 victory. Bad news loomed close though, as it looked like Pacioretty had sustained a serious injury to one of his legs.
When he left the ice against the Jets, he was clearly in pain and was unable to put any weight on his left leg.
According to the Montreal Gazette, we now know about how much tome Pacioretty will miss. Per their report:
On Tuesday night in Winnipeg, someone jammed one of his new Warrior sticks in his spokes.
And then the Pacioretty Watch began.
The vigil ended Thursday night with the news that the Canadiens’ rugged forward would be lost to the team for three weeks with a strained left hamstring.
While losing a forward of this caliber is never easy or a good thing, Montreal head coach Michel Therrien seemed to grasp how much more serious the injury could have been while discussing the incident with the Gazette though: “It’s bad luck. It could have been a lot worse. We’re going to make sure that Patch will get better, but in the meantime, it’s not such bad news.”
Prior to the the injury, Pacioretty was playing more than just about and forward in Montreal and was hoping to hit the 30-goal mark. Now he’ll have to focus on a safe rehab before his ‘best season yet’ can take place.