Gallagher (jaw) expects to start training activities soon, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. Gallagher reportedly still needs some dental work before being back to 100 percent, but this news would indicate the winger will be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign. The 27-year-old Edmonton native managed just 22 goals this season, missing out on the 30-goal mark for the first time since 2016-17, though he was limited to just 59 appearances.
Gallagher suffered a broken jaw during Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Flyers, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Gallagher suffered the injury when he was cross-checked across the face by Philadelphia's Matt Niskanen during a scrum late in Game 5. Niskanen will almost certainly receive a suspension for his actions, but that won't make up for the loss of Gallagher, who's been one of the Canadiens' best forwards during the team's first-round matchup with the Flyers, having picked up a goal and two assists while firing 20 shots on net through the first five games of the series. According to Lavoie, Gallagher will need to undergo surgery, so although a recovery timetable has yet to be established, at this point we know the feisty winger won't be available for Games 6 or 7 (if necessary) against Philly, at a minimum.
Gallagher (jaw) hasn't left the bubble for further testing according to coach Kirk Muller, who told reporters, "Depending on what he has to get tested on, he would have to leave the bubble," per Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca. According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, however, Gallagher will have to undergo a CT scan, which would cause him to miss the final two games due to quarantine requirements. Through the first five games of the series, Gallagher registered one goal, two assists and 20 shots while averaging 15:48 of ice time. The Edmonton native posted two of his three points on the power play and should continue to feature on the No. 1 unit if he avoids missing any time due to his jaw injury.
Gallagher may have sustained a broken jaw late in Wednesday's Game 5 versus the Flyers, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Gallagher was hit across the mouth by Matt Niskanen's stick during a late scrum in the contest. It's unclear how much time, if any, Gallagher would miss with the injury. The 28-year-old's status for Friday's Game 6 is uncertain.
Gallagher netted a power-play goal on three shots and added three hits in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Flyers in Game 5. Gallagher's first goal of the postseason gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead in the second period. It wasn't for a lack of trying -- through the first eight playoff games, the winger had come up empty on 34 shots. He now has four points, a minus-1 rating and 18 hits in nine outings.
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