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Habs’ Pacioretty out three weeks with strained hamstring

Montreal Canadiens v Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG, MB - OCTOBER 15: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens is helped off the ice by teammate Lars Eller #81 in first period action of an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on October 15, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Marianne Helm

Max Pacioretty will remain out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup for the next three weeks with a strained left hamstring, according to The Canadian Press.

“It’s bad luck, but it could have been a lot worse,” said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

“We’ll take time to make sure he gets better, but it the meantime, it’s not such bad news. It could have been worse.”

Pacioretty suffered the injury on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets, and did not return to the game. He needed help off the ice.

In five games with the Habs this season, the 24-year-old Pacioretty has two goals and three points.

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