Brandon Prust will be out for the reminder of the regular season with an upper body injury.—
Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 21, 2014
At his daily media briefing, head coach Michel Therrien added, “Our medical team decided that it would be best if Prust did not play the rest of our regular season schedule. The time off will give him a chance to heal and come back 100-percent in the playoffs.”
The guessing was Prust re-injured his shoulder in the first period Tuesday against Colorado after a mild collision with Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Prust said after the game that it wasn’t the right shoulder problem that kept him out of 9 games in December, which then led to speculation, considering his posture as he came off the ice, that he has a broken rib or two. That may be the case but it seems ‘shoulder’ is a better guess.
Whatever the injury turns out to be, we know Prust is a tough guy. At the time of the injury he disappeared into the dressing room for the rest of the first period but came back to play twelve second and third period shifts, scored a goal and an assist, recorded two hits and wound up as the game’s second star while playing through whatever was bothering him.
He has six goals and seven assists in 52 games, with 92 hits this season.