The Montreal Canadiens’ 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders came at a price on Sunday for Brendan Gallagher who was off to a career-best season. Brendan Gallagher sustained an injury to his left hand during the second period after blocking a shot from defenseman Johnny Boychuk. He will undergo surgery for two fractured fingers and will be out indefinitely.
Two broken fingers on left hand for Gallagher. Surgery tomorrow. He'll be out indefinitely.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 23, 2015
Coach Michel Therrien knows that this injury is a big loss for the Canadiens especially since Gallagher currently has 19 points (9 goals and 10 assists), only one behind teammates Plekanec and Pacioretty who are tied with 20.
“He was playing his best hockey, obviously.” “It’s a big loss, what are we going to do? We can’t feel sorry about ourselves. That’s the way it is. In the past, we lost Carey Price and that was a big loss too, but we still found a way to be competitive and be successful and that won’t change.”
Even Boychuk still seemed to be affected by the sight of his shot striking Brendan Gallagher in the hand after the game. Boychuk has one of the hardest shots in the NHL.
Brendan Gallagher is among the Canadiens’ most important forwards. Losing him could really hurt the Canadiens.