He has not been cleared to play yet, but Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn practiced Monday in his usual spot with Tomas Plekanec and Alex Kovalev. It's the second time he has skated since being concussed two weeks ago, and the team is hopeful he will return to action soon.
Kostitsyn is awaiting medical confirmation to decide whether he will face the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday or miss his third game. The decision could come later today.
Kostitsyn was injured last week when he was hit hard into the boards by Kurt Sauer of the Phoenix Coyotes. Kostitsyn's head slammed against the glass and he landed face-first on the ice after the hit.
Sauer, who missed 28 games last season due to a concussion, said he did not intend to hit Kostitsyn in the head. He was not penalized by the referee or disciplined by the league.
"They're trying to eliminate hits to the head and this was a hit to the head, whether or not it was intentional. He got him with his arm," Monreal coach Guy Carbonneau said after the game.
Kostitsyn has one goal and one assist in five games this season. Last year he scored 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points in 78 games with Montreal.
The Hurricanes will also be shorthanded Tuesday due to a head shot. Rookie Brandon Sutter, who was knocked out cold after getting checked in the head by Doug Weight of the New York Islanders on the weekend, has returned to Raleigh. He had to take a train because doctors did not want him to fly.