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Canadiens' Gallagher out with concussion

Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 4:03 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Canadiens' Gallagher out with concussion

Montreal Canadiens' wing Brendan Gallagher, whose five goals tie him with Nail Yakupov and Cory Conacher for second among NHL rookies, will miss the team's next game after sustaining a concussion Saturday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The team revealed following practice on Sunday that the 20-year-old rookie suffered the concussion while being checked into the boards by Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Gallagher was feeling fine Sunday but would be held out of the game Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Gallagher opened the scoring Saturday night with his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Rene Bourque for second on the Canadiens. Two other players who left the game early with injuries, wing Max Pacioretty and defenseman Alexei Emelin, both returned to practice Sunday morning after sustaining upper-body injuries.

Therrien also revealed that backup goaltender Peter Budaj would get his second straight start Monday. Budaj filled in Saturday for starter Carey Price, who has been sidelined by an illness.

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