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Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher out indefinitely after surgery on fractured fingers

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:04:05 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) - Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher will be sidelined indefinitely as he was scheduled to undergo surgery on two fractured fingers on his left hand.

Gallagher, who was well on his way to another career-best season, was injured blocking a one-time slap shot from New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period of their 4-2 win Sunday.

"Every time you lose a player that has an important role on any team, it's always a huge loss," said coach Michel Therrien . "He was playing his best hockey, obviously."

"He's progressing every year, he's still a young player. It's a big loss, but what are we going to do? We can't feel sorry for ourselves. That's the way it is," he added.

Gallagher ranks third on the Canadiens with 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists), one behind linemates Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty , who are tied for the team lead with 20.

With nine goals in 22 games, Gallagher was on pace to surpass 30 goals for the first time in his career after scoring 15 goals in 44 games as a rookie in 2012-13, 19 in 81 games in his second season and 24 in 82 games last season.

This season, in addition to netminder Carey Price and Gallagher, defenseman Alexei Emelin and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Devante Smith-Pelly have missed time due to injury.

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