Severe concussion, fractured vertebrae for Pacioretty

WILMINGTON, Mass. – Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin has confirmed that forward Max Pacioretty has suffered a severe concussion, as well as a non-displaced fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae.

Pacioretty suffered the injuries after Bruins captain Zdeno Chara slammed him into the boards during Tuesday’s game in Montreal. Chara received a five-minute major for interference and a 10-minute and game misconduct.

“Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it's not displaced,” Martin told the Montreal media. “Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”

Chara had a hearing by phone with the NHL at noon today, but the ruling is not known. He is on the ice for practice at Ristuccia Arena.