Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens was 52 minutes and 30 seconds away from the NHL’s Olympic break, and departing with Team USA to compete for gold in Sochi, when he crashed into the Carolina Hurricanes’ net on Saturday night.
He rolled over in pain, clutching his left arm and leaving the game for Montreal. He didn’t return for the second period and it was later announced he was done for the night with a “lower body injury.” Here’s the injury: Brett Bellemore was the Carolina defenseman that checked him while Pacioretty drove to the net, sending him off balance and into the left post. Nothing wrong with that play; Bellemore had position on him. Just an unfortunate result. Really, really unfortunate.
Pacioretty made the U.S. team this season as a player whose speed would be an asset on the larger ice surface in Sochi. He was nervous about making the cut right until the announcement. “People are lying if they tell you they weren’t thinking about it at all but I did a good job ofRead More »from Max Pacioretty, U.S. Olympian, injured before NHL break; who might get replacement call?