Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty declared he’s ready to see action for the US national squad in the Sochi Olympics despite leaving Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes after being checked into the goal post.
“I’m OK. I’m going to Sochi,” Pacioretty said after Montreal’s 4-1 victory, adding that sitting out the rest of the game was done as a precaution.
NHL players taking part in the Games are scheduled to fly to Russia on Sunday.
Pacioretty drove hard to the net and was hit by Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore with 7:30 remaining in the first period.
He appeared to be favoring his left forearm as he skated slowly to the dressing room. He didn’t return, and the Canadiens announced during the second period that Pacioretty had sustained a lower-body injury.
“I went in pretty hard and I got the wind knocked out of me,” Pacioretty said. “I think the team wanted to play it safe and I think it was a good decision.”
The 25-year-old has a team-leading 26 goals and 11 assists for Montreal this season.