Brendan Gallagher‘s ironman streak in the NHL appears to be coming to a close as the winger was diagnosed with a concussion and has been placed on injured reserve by the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien confirmed the diagnosis at the end of practice on Wednesday.
Gallagher was hurt in Tuesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes after being hit by Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal in the second period. Gallagher collided with teammate Ben Chiarot on the play and was slow to get up.
The 27-year-old hasn’t missed a game since the 2016-17 season when a broken hand limited him to 64 games.
He has 15 goals and 17 assists in 40 games this season for Montreal, which hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.