The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that defenceman Ben Chiarot won't return to the team's game against the Vancouver Canucks after appearing to hurt his hand in a first-period fight with J.T. Miller.
After dropping the gloves with fewer than five minutes left in the frame, the 29-year-old looked to be in some discomfort following a right-handed punch to Miller's helmet. Chiarot was seen clutching his right hand as he left the ice after the bout and appeared to throw his helmet at the ground in frustration.
#Canucks JT Miller and #GoHabsGo Ben Chiarot drop the gloves. As both head to the dressing room, Chiarot slams his helmet down grimacing as he looks at his hand. Something to keep an eye on. pic.twitter.com/gdHSg3IZjh
— Hockey Hound (@HockeyHoundShow) March 11, 2021
The veteran rearguard has five points in 24 games with the Canadiens, his second season in Montreal.