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SOCHI, Russia -- Max Pacioretty, who was pushed awkwardly into the goal post during the Montreal Canadiens' final game before the Olympic break, showed no signs of being the worse for wear as he skated on a line with Team USA's Ryan Callahan and Paul Stastny during Monday's skate.
Pacioretty collided with the post with 7:30 left in the first period Saturday after being checked by Brett Bellemore of the Carolina Hurricanes. And, for a moment, he thought it was bad.
"It was a little bit of a scare," Pacioretty said Monday. "As soon as I got diagnosed during the game, I knew things were going to be OK. After I got the treatment I needed, had that been an important game, I probably would have able to come back if it was late in the game. They decided to hold me out, and I'm thankful they did it in my best interests."
U.S. coach Dan Byslma, like the rest of the U.S. coaching/management staff, were anxiously watching the situation unfold as well.
"I heard the news before I saw it," Byslma said. "... I was a little more nervous when I saw how he went into the net. But shortly after, we already had had word how he was doing.
"It was good to hear that he was doing pretty well and then after the game that he'd be alright to continue on and get over here."