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Canadiens' Pacioretty (hamstring) out three weeks

by Arpon Basu /

MONTREAL ? Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty will miss three weeks with a left hamstring strain, the team announced following its 5-3 win Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"It's bad luck, but it could have been a lot worse," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "We're going to take the time to make sure [Pacioretty] gets better. But in the meantime it's not such bad news. It could have been a lot worse."

Pacioretty fell awkwardly in the first period of Montreal???s 3-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. He had to be helped off the ice and was clearly in a lot of pain as he put no weight on his left leg as he left.

The Canadiens have 10 games on their schedule between now and Nov. 7, which would mark three weeks from Thursday night.

Pacioretty has two goals and one assist in five games and averages 14:29 of ice time per game.

Therrien said there would be no callups from the minors for the meantime and that he will see how Pacioretty???s loss will be handled.

"He plays an important role on our team,' Therrien said. "He played on his regular line and the power play, but this year we added penalty killing to his responsibilities. He played big minutes. So we will take it one game at a time, but it's a heavy loss and other players will have to compensate for the quality ice time he received."

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