Cristobal Huet is relieved that his injury isn't as serious as first expected.
MONTREAL - The good news is Cristobal Huet was back in the Canadiens dressing room Tuesday. The bad news is, his pads remains dry in his equipment bag where they will remain for next little while.
Two days after undergoing surgery on his left hamstring, a relatively relieved Huet spoke for the first time since collapsing in his crease last Wednesday in New Jersey.
"It's less serious than originally thought," said Huet. "It wasn't completely torn from the bone. Thankfully, there won't be any long term damage."
No one had to remind Huet that during the stretch run to the playoffs is far from an opportune time to see the Canadiens No. 1 goalie get bitten by the injury bug.
"It's even more frustrating to go down with an injury at such a crucial point of the season," admitted Huet. "There's nothing I would want more than to be on the ice helping us win. But right now there isn't much I can do besides rest and let everything heal properly."
In the meantime, the fate of the Canadiens will lie in the hands of the goaltending tandem of David Aebsicher and rookie Jaroslav Halak. After picking up a win in his NHL debut Sunday night in Columbus, Halak will try to make it two straight tonight when the Habs face Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals at the Bell Centre.
Huet will have some company in the team infirmary with Steve Begin expected to be out for the next 7-10 days with a fractured right foot after blocking a shot against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com