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Max Pacioretty to play for Canadiens in Game 1

Montreal captain ready to go after taking stick near eye at practice Tuesday

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will play in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Rangers at Bell Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG).

Pacioretty, Montreal's captain, left practice Tuesday after taking a high stick from rookie forward Michael McCarron near the eye.

"Things like that are dangerous," forward Alex Galchenyuk said after the morning skate. "It was an unfortunate situation, but he's fine, he's ready to go. That's a positive thing."

Pacioretty was the Canadiens' leading scorer during the regular season with 67 points (35 goals, 32 assists), including a team-high five points (one goal, four assists) in three games against the Rangers.

He was injured when he attempted to set up in front of the net and McCarron's stick inadvertently came up into his face. Pacioretty hunched over and left the ice with the help of defenseman Nathan Beaulieu before a trainer led him into the dressing room.

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