Pacioretty taken off ice on stretcher

Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty was taken off the ice strapped to a stretcher after he was slammed headfirst into the glass on a check by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara.

The team said Pacioretty was conscious and moving his extremities when he was taken to the hospital for observation.

Pacioretty was chasing the puck along the boards in front of the team benches late in the second period when he was checked by Chara.

After being hit, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward lay face down and motionless and the Canadiens’ team doctor was quickly at his side, attending to him.

Chara was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.