Habs lose Komisarek for three weeks Staff

3/22/2008 4:37:31 PM

The Montreal Canadiens received some bad news Saturday when they learned that defenceman Mike Komisarek will miss the next three weeks with a lower-body injury.

The injury will keep the 26-year old blueliner out of the Habs lineup for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs.

"Mike has a lower body injury, that's all I can tell you, and he's going to out a minimum of three weeks," head coach Guy Carbonneau told reporters. "We hope that after two weeks we can evaluate him and go day-to-day after that, but it's going to be in that vicinity."

Komisarek suffered the injury in the first period of Thursday's victory over the Boston Bruins and did not return.

''It's never a good time for these type of things,'' Komisarek told The Canadian Press on Saturday. 'The good news it is that it'll be two or three weeks. I'll be in good hands, get good treatment and be back for the playoffs. I'll try to take a positive out of it.''

The West Islip, New York native is enjoying a breakout campaign this year for the Canadiens with four goals, 13 assists and 101 penalty minutes while sporting a +9 rating.  He also leads the league in blocked shots with and is second in the NHL with 266 hits.  He is also the Habs top penalty killing defenceman and plays on the number one defensive pairing with Andrei Markov.