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No Pacioretty, Gionta for Montreal in Game 2

May 3, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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Already down 1-0 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals to Ottawa and without the services of Lars Eller, the Montreal Canadiens received two more huge losses on Friday as it was announced Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta would both miss Game 2 with injuries.

As per playoff tradition, the Habs weren’t offering much in the way of details, other than both Pacioretty and Gionta suffered upper-body injuries.

Neither player missed extended time during Thursday’s Game 1 loss — a 4-2 decision to the Sens at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty played 25 shifts for 19:59 of ice time, while Gionta played 24 shifts for 16:09.

Gionta played more in the third (6:25) than any other period, while Pacioretty played over seven minutes.

The losses are absolutely crucial for a Canadiens team that already lost its home-ice advantage.

Pacioretty led the team in scoring this year with 39 points and tied for the team lead in goals, with 15.

Gionta, the club’s captain, was second in goals (14) and is one of the team’s most experience playoff performers, having appeared in nearly 100 postseason contests, winning a Stanley Cup in 2003.

The Canadiens have a pool of healthy scratches to draw from to replace Eller, Pacioretty and Gionta in the lineup: Colby Armstrong, Nathan Beaulieu, Mike Blunden, Jeff Halpern, Louis Leblanc and Petteri Nokelainen.

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  1. tfaltin - May 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Devastating. “Upper body injuries” courtesy of Craig Anderson’s goaltending.

  2. tfaltin - May 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Or an unofficial protest from Montreal that they were called for embellishment in their own building. Best call of the playoffs.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - May 3, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I’d call Montreal overrated but I think most people have realized this team is not a true contender. Carey Price is playing like MA Fleury last season and now they’re missing their top goal scorers. This team is ripe for an upset.

    Also, I know fans across the NHL do this, but the number of times Montreal fans boo when a Habs player is touched and no penalty is called, is just excessive. Watching the game last night I could not believe how often that crowd was outraged with refs not giving them the benefit of the doubt every time there was contact. Especially since there’s probably no team that embellishes more than the Habs (looking at you PK). I know Canadiens fans think of their club as hockey royalty but that doesn’t mean you’re entitled to 15 powerplays a game.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      You are entitled to you opinion, but your views are somewhat skewed. These fans booing are a select group sitting up in the nose bleed section. So don’t go putting all the fans in the same bucket and concating stories/theories. These are passionate fans getting into the game contrary to most of the season ticket holders in the lower seats who are corporate big wigs just showing up in the playoffs because they want to be seen.

    • raleik - May 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Honestly, I usually watch the game on mute if the Habs are at home. Those fans are so obnoxious it’s not even funny. Just pathetic at this point.

      • arcangel61 - May 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        It really is pathetic watching the Habs flop all over the ice and then having to listen to their fans whine about non-calls. As if they aren’t gifted enough power play time as it is — Habs let the NHL in power play time this year by far … 329 minutes on PP which was 10% higher than the next closest team (Detroit). Boston was last … only 204 minutes on PP.

        Last year was more of the same … Habs were #3 in PP time.

        Apparently it isn’t just the Hab fans that think their club is entitled to 15 powerplays a game!!

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Ouch! Pacioretty didn’t play a good game last night. Perhaps he was already injured. Gionta, aside form his experience, doesn’t bring much to the Habs and is a non-factor. No big loss. But, still, losing three starters is huge. Is it too late to make trades a la Shero. I think the Habs are finished. They ended the season in a tail spin, Price is nowhere to be found, their D is porous, and they are out too many starters. Sorry! Habs! It was good while it lasted.

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