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Canadiens' Max Pacioretty hospitalized after Clayton Stoner hit

Montreal scoring leader Max Pacioretty was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons after a hit by Anaheim's Clayton Stoner forced him out of Thursday night's Ducks-Canadiens game.

Habs' scoring leader driven into boards

Max Pacioretty stayed down for a time, then was helped off the ice and didn't return to the Canadiens' game against Anaheim. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Montreal scoring leader Max Pacioretty was taken to hospital after a hit by Anaheim's Clayton Stoner forced him out of Thursday night's Ducks-Canadiens game.

Pacioretty appeared to be blindsided by Stoner, who drove him into the boards deep in Anaheim's end after Pacioretty tried to pass the puck back to the point as a Montreal power play expired early in the third period.

No penalty was called on the play, but the Canadiens' Brandon Prust later fought Stoner.

Pacioretty stayed down for a time, was helped off the ice, and did not return.

He was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, said the Canadiens, who on Friday characterized Pacioretty's status as day-to-day.

"I think their team wasn't happy about it," Stoner said after Anaheim's 2-1 win. "I didn't mean to hurt him but the game's fast and sometimes guys go into the boards wrong, so I hope he's all right and I didn't mean any intentions to hurt him."

Pacioretty leads the Canadiens in goals (13) and points (25) through 33 games this season.

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