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Canadiens forward Pacioretty taken to hospital

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was struck in the right side by a teammate's shot and left the arena in an ambulance during the first intermission of a 2-1 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

Following the game, Canadiens spokesman Dominick Saillant said there was a chance Pacioretty would be able to meet the team at the airport prior to its flight home. Saillant said Pacioretty was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after sustaining what was called an upper body injury.

Pacioretty was parked in front of the Sabres' net when he was hit James Wisniewski's shot from the blue line.

As he was wheeled in a stretcher, Pacioretty was conscious, hooked to an IV and heavily wrapped in blankets as he left HSBC Arena. The Canadiens didn't have an immediate update on the player's status after he was hurt early in the first period.

Pacioretty skated away holding his right arm before falling to his knees at the right circle. He was attended to by trainers and had difficulty skating off the ice.

He was hurt 4:15 into the game, and about 45 seconds after the Canadiens lost forward Michael Cammalleri to what the team called an upper body injury. Cammalleri did not return after he was crosschecked to the back of the neck by Sabres defenseman Mike Weber.

It happened just after Cammalleri was set up to the right of the net. He got off a weak shot, which was stopped by goalie Ryan Miller. Cammalleri had just turned to chase down the rebound when he was hit from behind. TSN reported that Cammalleri - the Canadiens' second-leading scorer this season - had separated his shoulder.

Coach Jacques Martin had no update on the status of his players following the game.

Weber was issued a 2-minute minor penalty.

The Sabres lost forward Drew Stafford in the first period to what coach Lindy Ruff called a groin injury.

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