Brendan Gallagher Suffers Broken Jaw

After taking a hard cross-check of Matt Niskanen, Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has suffered from a broken jaw according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Niskanen is holding a hearing with the Player Safety Department before the incident, but no suspension has yet been issued. Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic got word right of the Canadiens GM, as Marc Bergevin confirmed “Gally has a broken jaw.”

There are few players in the NHL who can get under Gallinher under an opponent’s skin, but the 28-year-old is not just a plague. He is also one of the most effective offensive pieces the Canadiens have, as he has shown this postseason with a league-leading 37 shots on the net through nine games. In fact, Gallagher scored a goal goal against the Flyers yesterday, causing a puck to come out of the air on the powerplay.

Unfortunately, Lavoie reports that Gallagher will require surgery and is out for the rest of the series against the Flyers. That kind of diagnosis will be taken into account for the suspension of Niskanen, who could also potentially take him for the Flyers.

The teams will resume match-up for game six tomorrow night, where pleasantries will certainly be exchanged early.