A third period power play blast from Weber struck Gallagher in the hand and clearly did some damage. Gallagher quickly dropped his glove and skated off the ice to receive treatment.
Yesterday the team announced that Gallagher needed surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left hand. So that means he’ll be out for the Habs’ lineup for maybe eight weeks.
That has to suck for the Canadiens, who will be without of their key pieces and most talented offensive players. Through 38 games this season, the winger has six goals and 18 points for a Montreal team that leads the Atlantic Division. Luckily, the Habs have a bit of cushion in the division (10 points over the Bruins and Senators) and should get Gallagher back in time for the stretch run.
It’s the second straight season in which Gallagher has dealt with hand injuries, as he fractured two fingers on the same hand last year. Those fingers were apparently unaffected by this latest injury.