Canadiens’ Gallagher skates for first time since suffering concussion

Watch as Brendan Gallagher goes down after taking a big hit from Jordan Staal, then takes a knee to the head from teammate Ben Chiarot as he skates by.

Brendan Gallagher looks to be taking the next steps in his recovery.

The Montreal Canadiens forward was on the ice Sunday, for the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion on Jan. 2.

Joining the injured Canadiens players at practice, Gallagher was wearing a tinted visor while participating in skating drills. Depending on how he feels, he could return as early as Tuesday. The 27-year-old saw his ironman streak broken when he collided with teammate Ben Chiarot following a hit by Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on Dec. 31.

Forwards Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia continue to make progress towards their return to game action. Both forwards skated all week and the hope is that they will return when the Canadiens get back from their bye week on Jan. 27, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.

The Canadiens travel to take on the Winnipeg Jets Monday night, currently sitting six games back of a playoff spot.

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