Rookie Brendan Gallagher was a no-show at Canadiens practice Sunday at their Brossard training facility. Gallagher was slammed into the Bell Centre glass from behind by Flyers defenceman Luke Schenn early in the third period of the Canadiens 4-1 win Saturday night.
There was no penalty on the play but the incident is likely to get Brendan Shanahan’s attention. Gallagher was on the ice for two more shifts before he left for the dressing room and did not make an appearance on the ice after he was named the game’s first star. Earlier he had scored the game’s opening goal and assisted on the eventual game winner while playing on a newly formed line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.
Coach Michel Therrien reported that Gallagher was feeling better Sunday morning but added that the Canadiens would strictly follow medical protocol involving blows to the head. This is Gallagher’s second diagnosed concussion. While with the junior Vancouver Giants he missed five games in March of 2011 after a helmet-to-the-head check from Portland’s Brendan Leipsic.. The Video of that incident is at the bottom of this posting.
You can see the Luke Schenn check here
Three other members of the Canadiens suffered injuries in the game’s final period. Max Pacioretty left the game for hospital and stitches after he suffered he suffered a cut on his rib cage when he tangled with the skate of Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen. Timonen was penalized for holding on the play. Alexei Emelin was hurt when he was slew-footed by Claude Giroux and a deflected puck struck Colby Armstrong in the face. All took part in today’s practice. P.K. Subban was sent home before practice with flu-like symptoms and his availability for Monday night’s game is not known.
The Canadiens returned goaltender Robert Mayer to Hamilton Sunday, indicating Price will be available to dress against Carolina although coach Michel Therrien stated that, because he had missed three days of practice, Peter Budaj will make his second consecutive start. In the absence of Gallagher, Ryan White will be back in the lineup on the fourth line with Armstrong and Travis Moen.
Here is video of Gallagher’s first concussion -March 5, 2011 Vancouver Giants vs. Portland Winterhawks