The Montreal Canadiens will be without agitating winger Brendan Gallagher for quite a while. He’s been ruled out indefinitely after breaking a couple of fingers while blocking a shot in Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders, the team announced.
The announcement says that Gallagher is expected to undergo surgery for the broken fingers on Monday.
It’s not surprising that he’ll be missing significant time with how his hand looked after the shot. It was ugly.
Gallagher went down to his knees to block a shot from New York’s Johnny Boychuk and immediate threw his gloves off and made his way for the locker room in what appeared to be a lot of pain.
Watch the play below:
The loss of Gallagher will be significant for the Habs. Through 22 games this season Gallagher has nine goals and 10 assists. His score-adjusted CF%Rel of 6.36% is the second best mark on the team, behind Max Pacioretty’s 6.97%.
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