Max Pacioretty stays in game after big hit

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

He looked hurt after smashing his face into the glass, but kept taking his regular shifts.

The Montreal Canadiens received quite a scare early in the first period of Game 3 when leading goal-scorer Max Pacioretty was hit from behind by Boston's Jarome Iginla, driving his face into the glass.

Pacioretty remained on the ice for a few moments and had to be helped off by trainers.

However, he did not leave the bench area and remained in the game, taking his regular shifts. Given his contact with the glass and how long it took him to get off the ice, the fact he did not leave the bench or go to the "quiet room" is sure to create a bit of debate, especially after Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski said earlier this week that he lied to team trainers about a head injury so he didn't have to leave a game in the first round.

Pacioretty ended up taking nine shifts in the period, playing more than six minutes.

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