Canadiens' Christian Dvorak done for the season with pectoral injury

On the bright side, Josh Anderson is fine after appearing to suffer a lower-body injury during Tuesday’s win in Dallas.

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There was good news and bad news on the injury front for the Canadiens Thursday.

First, the good news.

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Josh Anderson, who appeared to suffer a lower-body injury during the third period of Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Stars in Dallas, is fine and will be in the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

Now, the bad news.

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Christian Dvorak, who had already missed the previous two games, is done for the season and will have surgery Friday on a torn pectoral muscle. Dvorak missed the first 10 games this season while recovering from knee surgery last March.

Dvorak becomes the second centre the Canadiens have lost for the season after Kirby Dach tore the MCL and ACL ligaments in his right knee during the second game.

Forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, who has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since mid-November, skated by himself Thursday morning. The Canadiens said on Nov. 21 that Harvey-Pinard would be out for eight weeks and on Thursday confirmed he’s still on that timeline. On Dec. 21, the Canadiens said forward Tanner Pearson would be out for 4-6 weeks with an upper-body injury (hand) and he’s also on schedule in his recovery. Forward Alex Newhook is still recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 30 that was expected to sideline him for 10-12 weeks.

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Anderson’s right skate blade got caught awkwardly in the ice midway through the third period in Dallas while battling for the puck with Stars defenceman Thomas Harley. Anderson had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return to the game.

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After taking part in Thursday’s morning skate, Anderson said his right leg was numb when he went back to the locker room and he thought he might have damaged the MCL in his knee. Anderson missed the last 11 games last season after suffering a high sprain to his right ankle.

“For sure, a little bit of a scare,” he said. “Usually as a player when those things happen you know right away if something’s wrong. I was a little stunned going back to the room and then let it calm down.”

After about 10 minutes, Anderson said he got the feeling and strength back in his leg and his knee was fine.

“A huge relief,” he said. “I felt like he pushed my knee. I thought it was like an MCL. It was a weird feeling … maybe it caught a couple of nerves. But it’s fine.”

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After going 24 games without a goal to start the season, Anderson had six goals heading into Thursday’s game.

Head coach Martin St. Louis didn’t give up on Anderson when he was struggling, continuing to give the 6-foot-3, 224-pound winger a regular shift and time on the power play.

“If you give up on yourself, then I’ll give up on you,” St. Louis said at the time.

When asked Thursday morning what he likes about Anderson’s game now, St. Louis said: “I don’t think it’s one thing … I think it’s a combination of things. His pace, I think he’s playing with confidence. His touches are better and he has some physicality that he brings. I think he’s in a good place mentally. I think you can see it with his decisions on the ice. There’s no hesitation … his touches are better.”

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