Pacioretty hospitalized after late, brutal hit

Watch as Canadiens Max Pacioretty gets hit from behind by Ducks' defenceman Clayton Stoner and goes head-first in to the boards.

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty didn’t return to Thursday’s game because of an injury he sustained receiving a hit against the Anaheim Ducks.

Pacioretty was hit into the boards in the third period by Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner and needed to be helped off the ice.

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There was no penalty called on the play, although Stoner later fought Montreal’s Brandon Prust. After the game, Pacioretty went to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

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Pacioretty had one shot on goal in just over 14 minutes of the Canadiens 2-1 loss to the Ducks.

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