The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that forward Brandon Prust has been shutdown for the season with an upper-body injury. Prust has been in and out of the lineup with a shoulder injury and after missing Montreal’s last game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the decision was made to end his season.

“Our medical team decided that it would be best if Brandon Prust did not play the rest of our regular season schedule,” Head Coach Michel Therrien said after the morning practice. “The time off will give him a chance to heal and come back one hundred percent in the playoffs.”

Prust, 30, has been six goals and 13 points in 52 games this season, along with 121 penalty minutes. For most of March he has been centre on the team’s checking line, with Travis Moen and newcomer Dale Weise. The line was proving to be effective on both sides of the puck, especially in Montreal’s recent game against the Colorado Avalanche, where all three scored goals in a 6-3 win.

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