Montreal Canadiens: Andrei Kostitsyn’s Injury Takes Punch Out of Offense

January 8th, 2010 by Felix Sicard Leave a reply »
It was too good to be true.

Andrei Kostitsyn was finally hitting his stride on a line with Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec. His stats reflected that perfectly, as his goals total was finally what it should be. To the delight of many, Kostitsyn was looking like the AK-46 that Habs fans know and love. 

Then he got injured, and the Canadiens' offense hasn't looked the same since.

Since his hand injury suffered against the Panthers on New Year's Eve, Kostitsyn has not played in any action. However, it's not the hand that's making headlines.

Kostitsyn's knee underwent surgery today, and he is expected to be rehabilitating for four to six weeks, which should effectively add another blow to Team Belarus, who's already lost the services of Mikhail Grabovski.

More consequently in Montreal, however, is that the Canadiens will be missing one of their catalysts on offense for an extended period of time.

Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri haven't been playing nearly as well with Max Pacioretty or Matt D'Agostini on the left flank, and that line is critical to the Habs' chances.

To add salt to the wound, th ...

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