Brendan Gallagher has a broken jaw and will not play for the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBSCN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSP), or in Game 7 if it is necessary.
The Canadiens forward was injured with 5:08 left in the third period of a 5-3 win in Game 5 on Wednesday when he was cross-checked by Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen during a puck battle.
Gallagher finished the game but will need to have surgery. He will leave Toronto, the hub city for the Eastern Conference.
Gallagher, who tied Tomas Tatar for the Canadiens lead with 22 goals this season, scored his first goal of the postseason in Game 5, giving Montreal a 3-2 lead at 11:30 of the second period.
He played 18:02, which was third among Canadiens forwards, finishing with three shots and three hits.
“That’s the ‘Gally’ we love,” Montreal associate coach Kirk Muller said after the game. “That’s what he can bring to a team. He brought the guys into the fight tonight. He’s a competitor, he’s a proud player, he works for every goal he gets, and I thought he had an exceptional game tonight.”
Defenseman Ben Chariot said the Canadiens get a spark when Gallagher is in the lineup.
“He’s been a heart-and-soul guy for this team for a long time,” Chiarot said. “He leads the way with his work ethic and how determined he is, and that definitely sets the tone for our team. [If] a guy like that is going to be going that hard, everybody else better match that intensity.”
Niskanen, who wasn’t penalized on the play, was scheduled to have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday.