Canadiens lose Gionta for playoffs; Price day-to-day

The Canadian Press with TSN files

5/8/2013 3:31:49 PM

BROSSARD, Que. -- Brian Gionta's playoffs are over.

The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that their captain has a torn left bicep muscle. He will undergo surgery on Friday.

Gionta sat out Games 2 and 4 of a first round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators with what the team called an upper body injury.

The right-winger was limited to 31 games last season due to a torn bicep.

"It happened in the second period of Game 1," Gionta told the media on Wednesday.  "It's the same thing I dealt with last year, it's the same injury.  It's one of those things, you can't do anything about it. 

"Unfortunately I just wasn't able to be out there to help."

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Gionta was emotional when he received the injury diagnosis.

"When he heard the news," Therrien said, "our captain was crying in my arms."

Meanwhile, centre Lars Eller has resumed skating. He was taken from the ice on a stretcher in Game 1 with a concussion and facial injuries after an open ice hit by Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba, who was suspended two games.

There was no immediate word on when Eller can return.

Coach Michel Therrien said forwards Brandon Prust and Ryan White would both sit out Game 5 with upper body injuries.

Meanwhile, goalie Carey Price is considered day-to-day with a lower body injury. Price appeared to be hurt late in the third period on Tuesday and was replaced with Peter Budaj for the overtime period.

The Canadiens trail the Senators 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Thursday night at the Bell Centre.