Max Pacioretty injured by P.K. Subban slapshot to the face

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty left Tuesday night's match against the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a P.K. Subban slapshot to the face in the second period.

Canadiens defenceman Subban shoulders blame Tuesday's loss

Montreal's Max Pacioretty is tended to after taking a slapshot to the face in the second period of Tuesday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Things really aren't going well for the Montreal Canadiens. 

Captain Max Pacioretty left Tuesday night's match against the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a P.K. Subban slapshot to the face in the second period. 

Pacioretty skated off the ice, and it was later announced that he would not be returning to the game. Montreal would not elaborate on the nature of the injury, but head coach Michel Therrien told the media that Pacioretty was "going to be OK."

Montreal was swept in its home-and-home series against the 30th-place Blue Jackets with another 5-2 loss, this one at home. It was also the second night in a row that Subban's slapshot was a topic of conversation. 

A night after blasting one in from the neutral zone and then immediately incurring a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, the defenceman. who is reportedly playing while sick, still managed to pick up two assists. Despite this, fans' frustration was apparently boiling over at the Bell Centre, where many in attendance were heard expressing their disapproval.

Subban, who is set to represent Montreal at this weekend's All-Star Game, took the blame for the team's loss after Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky capitalized on two softs plays. 

"I gave them two goals, basically two points tonight," said Subban. "They should have booed louder to be honest with you. I didn't play well. I'd probably boo too if I was sitting up there watching me do what I was doing tonight."


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