Brendan Gallagher played an excellent game on Wednesday, starting from his first shift and a physical battle in the Philadlephia Flyers end, to his first goal of the post-season with a mid-air bat of the puck, and being involved in the play right to the end of the game.
One of those final acts was to get cross-checked in the mouth by Matt Niskanen late in the third period, being bloodied by the shot.
After the game was done, the report is that there were more than just a few lost teeth, but that Gallagher have have sustained a fractured jaw. Renaud Lavoie and Eric Engels have been hearing that that may be the case.
UPDATE: Renaud Lavoie confirmed his report that tests revealed a broken jaw for Gallagher on Thursday evening. Pierre LeBrun reported that Marc Bergevin confirmed the news.
The rest of the original article is below.
What a lot of people feared is now confirmed. Broken jaw for @CanadiensMTL forward Brendan Gallagher, according to multiple sources.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) August 20, 2020
From Habs GM Marc Bergevin: “Gally has a broken jaw.”— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) August 20, 2020
Going back to Matt Niskanen’s move on Brendan Gallagher, what is currently circulating is that Brendan Gallagher allegedly sustained a fracture from the stick hit directly to the @CanadiensMTL forward's mouth. The shock was very hard without a doubt. https://t.co/mmy6NIwndy— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) August 20, 2020
Just a precision here, we’re talking about a possible jaw fracture for Gallagher. https://t.co/iZkNlM10an— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) August 20, 2020
Canadiens, with official league policy being that they don’t have to divulge anything injury or illness related, won’t comment on Brendan Gallagher’s status. No word on if he was transported to the hospital or if he had to leave the bubble. 1/— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) August 20, 2020
As @renlavoietva reported, there’s buzz Gallagher suffered a jaw fracture in addition to losing at least one tooth on Matt Niskanen’s crosscheck. The play, along with a couple more from this game, is expected to be reviewed by @NHLPlayerSafety.— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) August 20, 2020
Elliotte Friedman also says the NHL will be investigating Niskanen’s cross-check.