Alex Galchenyuk Injury: Updates on Canadiens Center's Lower Body and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 27:  Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens skates with the puck during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 27, 2014 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Montreal defeated Detroit 5-4 (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, May 19

Tom Gulitti of The Record provides a synopsis of Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien discussing Alex Galchenyuk's status for Game 2:


Updates from Sunday, May 18

The Montreal Canadiens updated Alex Galchenyuk's status as he tries to return for the Eastern Conference Finals:

Galchenyuk spent extra time on the ice after practice with Gerard Gallant working on his conditioning. He’s been cleared for contact, but as for whether or not he will be in the lineup in Game 2 against the Rangers, Therrien would only confirm that “there’s always a possibility.”


Updates from Friday, May 16

TSN's John Lu confirms Alex Galchenyuk has returned to practice:

TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie continued:


Original Text

If the Montreal Canadiens want to advance past the first round of the playoffs, they'll have to do so without one of their most promising players.

The team announced that Alex Galchenyuk will miss at least the opening round of the postseason after picking up a lower-body injury:

Galchenyuk was hurt in the first period last night in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported that he was on crutches after the game:

The 20-year-old has had an immediate impact on the team since getting drafted third overall in 2012. He's amassed 31 points this year (13 goals, 18 assists) and given fans a ton of hope for what to expect in the future.

This is no doubt a tough blow for both Galchenyuk and the Canadiens. The player is missing out on vital postseason experience, while the team will be without his talents in the attack.