Pacioretty out 3 weeks with left hamstring injury

The Associated PressOctober 18, 2013
Pacioretty out 3 weeks with left hamstring injury
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Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty (67) grimace after getting injured in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Pacioretty had to be helped off the ice. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens will be without forward Max Pacioretty for three weeks because of a strained left hamstring.

The first-line left wing suffered the injury during an awkward fall in Montreal's 3-0 win in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

''It's bad luck, but it could have been a lot worse,'' Canadiens 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.''

The U.S. Olympic team hopeful has had a rough start to the season. He jammed a wrist in the opening game, but only missed one game.

Pacioretty is known for his quick recuperation from injuries, but when asked if he would be back for the Canadiens next game Saturday against Nashville, Therrien smiled and said ''This time, I don't think so.''