Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau is day-to-day after sustaining an upper-body injury in Game 1 of the Montreal Canadiens’ Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Ottawa Senators. He completed the game but was unavailable for practice Thursday in Brossard, Que.
In Parenteau’s place, Max Pacioretty took a step closer to returning, participating in all the team’s drills and regular line rushes. He skated with centre David Desharnais and right-winger Devante Smith Pelly for the first time since suffering a suspected concussion April 5.
Pacioretty, who was cleared for contact on Monday, stayed on the ice for some extra work after practice.
Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien was non-committal on Pacioretty’s return for Game 2, set for Friday.
“[Pacioretty] is having another good day, and we’ll let you know [Friday] if he’s ready,” said Therrien. “If he’s ready [Friday] we’ll be more than happy.”
Desharnais has had Pacioretty as a regular playing partner for most of his career. He was encouraged to see the progress Montreal’s leading scorer has made and hopes to have him back for Game 2.
“Max is an important part of our team,” said Desharnais. “He makes our line a lot better, that’s for sure. Obviously, he must be feeling better.”
Smith-Pelly weighed in as well. “[Pacioretty] is an all-star player in this league. That the coach trusts me enough to play with him is a good feeling.”
The other lines for practice were:
Alex Galchenyuk-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Jacob De La Rose-Lars Eller-Dale Weise
Brandon Prust-Torrey Mitchell-Brian Flynn
Andrei Markov-P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin-Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu-Tom Gilbert
Extras: Manny Malhotra, Mike Weaver, Greg Pateryn, Sergei Gonchar, and third-string goaltender Joey MacDonald.
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