Gorges suffered the injury when he blocked a shot Mason Raymond shot with his hand in the first period of the Bell Centre game against Toronto March first. At the time he was seen having his hand examined at the bench but Gorges didn’t miss a shift in the game and then played in Monday’s game before the Canadiens sent him home for further examination.
MRI’s have already told the Canadiens how severe Price’s problem is. If it’s a minor strain, he could be out two weeks or so. Worse, and we could see a month or more. The first goal of the Canadiens is to make the playoffs. Armed with their medical reports, Bergevin added Dubnyk to an already crowded Canadiens goaltending depth chart
The winning goal came on a shorthanded centre ice dump-in by Logan Couture that was mishandled by Peter Budaj and poked in by Tommy Wingels. Budaj gave up another early in the second period and he was immediately replaced by Dustin Tokarski.
The Canadiens conclude their four game road trip in San Jose Saturday night, hoping to gain a split and maintain their hold on second place in the Atlantic Division. San Jose hasn’t been very hospitable to the Canadiens . They haven’t won there since 1999. Peter Budaj is expected to be in goal for the Canadiens against the Sharks Antti Niemi.
The Phoenix Coyotes took a 3-1 lead in the first period and never trailed the rest of the way in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens Thursday night in Phoenx. It was the Canadiens third game in four nights and their road weariness showed throughout. Radim Vrbata led the way for the Coyotes with two goals.
Peter Budaj will be back in the nets for the Canadiens when they take on the Phoenix Coyotes in the third game of their four game Pacific Division road trip Thursday night. The Canadiens are 1-1 so far on the trip after splitting games in Los Angeles and Anaheim. Thomas Vanek wil make his Canadiens debut along with defenseman Mike Weaver who was also acquired at the trade deadline.
He’s been trying to play through the injury in the road games in Los Angeles and Anaheim but it’s become too problematic. The Canadiens sent Gorges back to Montreal from Phoenix Thursday where he will be examined by team doctors.
Andrei Markov scored in the sixth round of the shootout and the Canadiens came away with a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night. The Canadiens are now 1 and 1 through the first two games of their four game Pacific Division road trip. It was the fourth time in the five games the Canadiens have played since the Olympic break ended that wound up in overtime or a shootout.
Dustin Tokarski will make his Montreal Canadiens debut Wednesday night as the Canadiens meet the Anaheim Ducks for the second time this season when the clubs meet at the Honda Centre in Anaheim. The Ducks have won their last four games while the Canadiens had a six game points streak ended in Los Angeles Monday night.
The Canadiens filled a glaring need with the acquisition of right wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders in return for Swedish prospect Sebastian Collberg and a conditional second round draft choice. In 60 games this season, dividing his time between Buffalo and the Islanders, Vanek has 21 goals and 53 points.