HABS' PACIORETTY SUFFERS CONCUSSION, FRACTURED VERTEBRAE
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty
suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae on Tuesday, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin.
has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it's not displaced," Martin said. "Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max's recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter."
Pacioretty was injured late in the second period of Montreal's 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday when Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara
ran him into the turnbuckle that frames the glass partition between the players' benches.
The 22-year-old rookie, who had four points in his last four games, was trying to get past Chara on the play when he was hit hard and went head-first into the glass partition between the benches.
Pacioretty lay motionless for several minutes with his eyes closed before being taken from the ice on a stretcher.
"What I remember about it was the sound - it sounded like a gun: bang!" said Pacioretty's linemate Scott Gomez
. "Stuff like that is tough to look at."
Chara had a Noon et conference call with NHL vice-president of hockey operations Mike Murphy
, where it is expected he will receive a suspension. He was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for the hit.
Pacioretty had 14 goals and 10 assists in 37 games with the Habs since being called up from AHL Hamilton in early December.
Video of the hit for anyone who missed it.