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Pacioretty has fractured vertebra

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 9, 2011 02:25 PM

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Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said today that wing Max Pacioretty, injured following a hit from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara in last night's game in Montreal, has a fractured vertebra and a severe concussion.

“Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it's not displaced,” Martin said, according to the Canadiens' web site. “Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”

The Montreal Gazette speculated Pacioretty's season is over.

“Our first concern (as an organization) is that he gets his health back as a human being. You hope he’ll recover and continue his career, but it’s too soon to know his (potential) limitations. He’s still under observation,” Martin said.

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