Friday, February 1, 2013
Pacioretty back soon?
By Doug McIntyre
Less than a week after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Max Pacioretty is back on the ice.
The Montreal Canadiens forward skated at the team's suburban practice facility on Thursday, just one day after being discharged from Montreal General Hospital, where he'd been since being rushed into surgery Jan. 25.
“I’ve got to do whatever it takes to come back as soon as possible," Pacioretty said in a text message to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette. "I have to get on the ice as much as possible. I feel better every day but I can’t tell when I will be back playing.”
Even if the 24-year-old left wing returns to the Canadiens' lineup in time for Saturday's game against the Buffalo Sabres -- which seems unlikely -- Pacioretty won't be able to duplicate Patrick Roy's legendary recovery. The Habs great had his appendix removed midway through a 1994 Stanley Cup playoff series but famously missed just one game.