Montreal Canadiens extend COVID-19 pause through Saturday

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MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens are extending their pause on team activities as the club continues to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Canadiens announced Thursday that both the NHL team and its American Hockey League affiliate, the Laval Rocket, will not return to the ice until practice resumes on Sunday.

Twenty-two Habs players and two coaches are in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

Montreal suspended team activities following Saturday's 5-2 loss to Florida.

The NHL previously postponed five Canadiens' home games indefinitely due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions and the team is set to play its next game Jan. 12 in Boston.

Two Rocket games set for Friday and Saturday have also been postponed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 6, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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