The Montreal Canadiens may have won Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, but they’ll come out of the game having suffered a much bigger loss. As per confirmation from Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme, forward Brendan Gallagher suffered a broken right thumb in the overtime victory.
Gallagher is expected to be out for weeks, per TSN’s John Lu.
Not that it matters, but it wasn’t even a slap shot from an Oilers player that took Gallagher out in the first period. He was hit in the hand on a shot from teammate Alexander Romanov. After the incident, he left for the dressing room and didn’t return.
As TSN points out, Gallagher has a history of hand injuries. They note that in November 2015, he broke two fingers on his left hand when New York Islanders then-defenceman Johnny Boychuk took a slap shot. That injury required surgery. In January 2017, he fractured his left hand off a shot from teammate Shea Weber that also required surgery.
Obviously, this is not ideal for the Canadiens as they push towards the playoffs. The good news is, should they get in, Gallagher is likely to return in time to help the team.
The 28-year-old has 14 goals and 23 points in 35 games this season.
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