MONTREAL CENTER MAXIM LAPIERRE CHECKS SCOTT NICHOL FROM BEHIND IN 3RD - CSNCANICHOL INJURED ON PLAY, COULD MISS 7-10 DAYS - CSNCANICHOL MOTIONLESS ON THE ICE AFTER THE HIT, NO PENALTY CALLED ON LAPIERRE - TSNThursday night down 2-1 to the Montreal Canadiens, Maxim Lapierre shoved center Scott Nichol dangerously into the boards. Nichol was forced to leave the game with an upper body injury and may miss 7-10 days. An angered San Jose squad stormed back with goals by Dany Heatley (PP) and Manny Malhotra to earn a 3-2 win, but the emotional response may stick with the club for some time.Last season the Sharks battled a crush of injuries down the stretch, exceeding a 4-year average of 204 man games lost to injury per season by 132. This season only defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was out with...

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