Since losing Mike Komisarek to injury back on March 20th in a game vs. the Boston Bruins, the Habs had had no real significant injuries to contend with throughout the regular season.
But all that has changed in a hurry.
Joining Komisarek on the sidelines will be defenseman Francis Bouillon, defenseman/forward Mark Streit, and arguably most important of all, captain Saku Koivu, all of whom are suffering from various foot injuries.
Bouillon was the most recently injured skater, taking a shot off the inside of the right foot in last night's loss at Toronto. He had taken a shot in the precise same location back on Monday night in the Canadiens' win vs. Ottawa.
Streit and Koivu were injured in Montreal's come-from-behind win in Buffalo Friday night, yet they managed to play the entire game - and played key roles in the win, too. Streit had 3 assists, and both Streit and Koivu helped set up Higgins' O.T. winner.
Sources claim that reports from RDS stated that Koivu wore a foot brace and used crutches to board the Habs' charter-flight home last night.
Guillaume Latendresse also continues to recover from neck spasms.
Thankfully, the Habs have a significant amount of depth already at the NHL level, and have some talented youth in the farm system...however, no one can truly fill the holes that each of these key and core players leave behind in absence, leading all fans to believe that some truly tough times are ahead with the regular season having but 3 games of life in it for the Habs, who continue to chase a Divisional and Conference crown.
The Habs will limp into Ottawa Tuesday night for a criitcal game in determining the Northeast Division champions.
More to come as it becomes available...