Updates from Monday, May 19
Tom Gulitti of The Record provides a synopsis of Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien discussing Alex Galchenyuk's status for Game 2:
Therrien wouldn't say if Alex Galchenyuk would return tonight from right knee injury.— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) May 19, 2014
Updates from Sunday, May 18
Galchenyuk spent extra time on the ice after practice with Gerard Gallant working on his conditioning. He’s been cleared for contact, but as for whether or not he will be in the lineup in Game 2 against the Rangers, Therrien would only confirm that “there’s always a possibility.”
Updates from Friday, May 16
TSN's John Lu confirms Alex Galchenyuk has returned to practice:
#Habs Galchenyuk is taking part in his first full practice with the team, and is wearing a regular jersey. Appears t/b cleared for contact.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) May 16, 2014
TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie continued:
If the Montreal Canadiens want to advance past the first round of the playoffs, they'll have to do so without one of their most promising players.
The team announced that Alex Galchenyuk will miss at least the opening round of the postseason after picking up a lower-body injury:
Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower-body injury and will not be available for the first round of the playoffs.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 11, 2014
Galchenyuk was hurt in the first period last night in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported that he was on crutches after the game:
Galchenyuk seen on crutches after the game.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) April 10, 2014
The 20-year-old has had an immediate impact on the team since getting drafted third overall in 2012. He's amassed 31 points this year (13 goals, 18 assists) and given fans a ton of hope for what to expect in the future.
This is no doubt a tough blow for both Galchenyuk and the Canadiens. The player is missing out on vital postseason experience, while the team will be without his talents in the attack.