Bruins

Canadiens Pacioretty May Return For Playoffs

View Comments
Max Pacioretty lies on the ice after being body checked by Zdeno Chara during Tuesday's game in Montreal. (credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Max Pacioretty lies on the ice after being body checked by Zdeno Chara during Tuesday’s game in Montreal. (credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins
Upcoming Games

Buy Bruins Tickets Full Schedule
Sunday Dec 21
vs. Sabres
Tuesday Dec 23
vs. Predators
Monday Dec 29
vs. Red Wings
Bruins Central
Shop for Bruins Gear
Buy Bruins Tickets

NHL Scoreboard
NHL Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin says Max Pacioretty may be able to return from his neck injury in time for the NHL playoffs.

Team doctors told the coach that Pacioretty can resume training, with contact, in three to five weeks. After another week of rest, he will begin rehab. The playoffs begin April 13.

Martin says Thursday it’s “good news that he’ll be able to practice,” especially since it looked like “his career was in danger.”

Listen: Toucher & Rich: Montreal Fans Protest Head Hits

Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture of the fourth vertebra in his neck when he slammed his head into a stanchion at the Bell Centre after a hit from Boston’s Zdeno Chara on March 8.

The NHL did not suspend Chara for the hit.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,679 other followers