Knowing Max Pacioretty’s ability to come back from serious injury before his doctors say he should, is the three weeks prognosis for his recovery time for his hamstring strain the doctors predicted for him an accurate one?
By normal standards I would think it is. By Pacioretty’s schedule, it might be something else entirely. Pacioretty’s insistence on ignoring doctors advise is well established. (You can read about that here)
It took the figurative ‘forever’ to get the final diagnosis from team doctors. Canadiens media was told at 10.30 pm EDT following the 5-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night, a full 50 hours after Pacioretty went down under checking in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Jets in Winnipeg.
During the Thursday postgame news conference, Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said, “We’ll take time to make sure he gets better, but it the meantime, it’s not such bad news. It could have been worse.”
Pacioretty was pulled down by Jets forward James Wright in Tuesday’s first period while heading to the net. He was clutching his left leg as the Canadiens’ medical staff came on to tend to him. He was not putting any weight on his left leg as he was helped from the ice which led to observes diagnosing a more serious injury than it turned out to be..
In five games with the Habs this season, Pacioretty has two goals and three points.