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Gill a game-time decision for Canadiens

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

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Gill a game-time decision for Canadiens
MONTREAL – Hal Gill skated briefly near the conclusion of his team's morning skate at Bell Centre and could still play Monday night (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS) in Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Montreal Canadiens defenseman left Game 5 of this series against the Penguins early in the third period after Chris Kunitz stepped on the back of his leg during a collision. He didn't return in the final 17 minutes of the contest, but could dress for a pivotal Game 6 with his team trailing 3-2 in the series.

"We're going to try," Gill said after his skate. "I hope so. I have to talk with the trainers and then we'll see."

Gill did not return to Montreal with his teammates on the chartered flight after Game 5 because he was still receiving treatment on his leg. He spent most of Sunday stuck en route – he was originally supposed to fly back with a connection in Cleveland, but ended up in Philadelphia and didn't land in Montreal until just after 11 p.m.

"Hal's status will be determined after the warm-up. We'll see if he's capable of playing or not," Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. "It is encouraging. It shows a lot of character on his part to get back last evening and get some treatment this morning and then to try it [on the ice] this morning."

Andrei Markov skated before the Canadiens, but Martin ruled him out for Game 6. Jaroslav Spacek took part in the full morning skate, and Martin deemed him a game-time decision.
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