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Video: Habs, U.S. Olympic team forward Pacioretty hurt after collision (Updated)

Feb 8, 2014, 7:19 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, slated to travel to Sochi for the U.S. Olympic hockey, was hurt after a collision into the Carolina Hurricanes’ net in the first period of Saturday’s game.

Pacioretty was in obvious pain as he had to be helped off the ice by a member of the training staff. He was driving hard to the net down the left wing, when he was hit into the net by Brett Bellemore.

This could have major implications for the U.S. men’s hockey team before players travel to Russia for the Sochi Olympics, which are now underway. If Pacioretty can’t go, it’s believed snubs Bobby Ryan or Kyle Okposo are the frontrunners to be called for replacement duty.

Updated: Pacioretty suffered a lower-body injury and will not return, as per Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

  1. strictlythedanks - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Patches o’ hoolihan better be alright

  2. lowenni - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    If he’s hurt, and it seems like he is, I see Okposo going. Better speed and better production.

  3. valoisvipers - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Wonder if Max can’t make Sochi, would Ryan if offered to go, snub the US Olympic team?

  4. jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:45 PM


  5. penvik - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Hate to say it, I like patches but thus is better for team USA. Okposo and Ryan are both better options for the Olympic team.

    • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      You must not watch Pacioretty play he has the highest Goals per game this year among americans (4th overall) he plays PP and PK and plays well in all 3 zones.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:50 PM

        13 of his 37 points come on powerplay, often injured, and his +/- being at and EVEN suggest hes isn’t exactly great in all 3 zones. No problem him making it, but however he I think Ryan Okposo better options. Also if he was such value, doesn’t make much sense that Mon is shopping him.

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        13 of Okposo’s points come on the PP too and hes a minus 6 while playing with TAVARES one of the best players in the league! Without Tavares he is a average player as shown by his stats before this year. Often injured he has missed time from Chara trying to murder him, a appendectomy and falling awkwardly early this year. Okposos has missed just as much time with his groin, H1N1, and shoulder surgery. They have almost identical PPG while Pacioretty has a much better +- and plays more physical. And Montreal is not shopping him teams are calling for him as he has steal of a contract at 4.5 over the next 5 seasons.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Gotcha BSAURES yes I just did google search of Pacioretty Im not quite familiar so I was just going by brief overview of his stats and what not, Ill def take your word for it. I just as Flyers fan see Okposo a lot so I know his skill set and Bobby Ryan from my hometown so I know him as well don’t see much of Pacioretty.

  6. strictlythedanks - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Why could this not have been dusty clown?

  7. bruinsfan55 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Hopefully he’s okay and if not I see Okposo coming to play for the US in the Olympics

  8. stepanup - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Hope he’s alright as well. If he’s not, I think it has to be Okposo. Ryan’s been in a major slump and I doubt that has changed many opinions about him.

    • stepanup - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      If the Habs doctors rule him out and MaxPac disagrees, I look forward to the conspiracy theories about the Habs doctors trying to aid Team Canada.

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