Brendan Gallagher Injury: Updates on Canadiens Wing's Hand and Return

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MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 16:  Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens reacts during the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre on November 16, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in overtime.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher has been out since he broke two fingers on Nov. 22 in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. However, he has been cleared to return to the ice.

Continue for updates.

Gallagher in Lineup for Winter Classic 

Thursday, Dec. 31

The Canadiens announced Gallagher will return against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

Earlier in the day, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reported doctors officially cleared Gallagher to play.

Gallagher Comments on Return

Thursday, Dec. 31

"In no way do I think I'm the answer, I just want to be part of the solution," Gallgher said, per Engels.

Latest on Gallagher's Practice Status

Saturday, Dec. 26

Basu reported Gallagher practiced with his teammates for the first time since he injured his fingers.

Gallagher Undergoes Surgery

Tuesday, Nov. 24

The Canadiens announced Gallagher would be out for a "minimum" of six weeks after the procedure.

Gallagher Suffered Injury After Blocking Shot

Sunday, Nov. 22

Sportsnet has video of the play that sent Gallagher to the ground:

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WATCH: Brendan Gallagher leaves game with a hand injury after blocking a shot https://t.co/olE7qtdd3M

Gallagher's Return Gives Lift to Canadiens

The injury is uncharacteristic for Gallagher considering he has played in 229 of the past 234 games for the Canadiens, per Chris Peters of CBSSports.com.

Prior to the injury, he had been productive this season with nine goals and 10 assists for Montreal.


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