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Montreal player fractures vertabra, has concussion @NHLdotcom

BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) - Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra from a frightening hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin says Wednesday that Pacioretty fractured the fourth cervical vertebra and is in a hospital under observation. The coach says "there is no other prognosis at this time."

Pacioretty was wheeled off the ice with 15.8 seconds left in the second period of the Canadiens' 4-1 victory Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old player was chasing the puck along the boards in front of the team benches late in the second period when he was checked hard by Chara. His head slammed into the glass partition between the boards.

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