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Gastro-Intestinal virus has left team shaken; bonk might be out for a spell with broken jaw
PAT HICKEY, The Gazette
Published: Sunday, January 07, 2007

Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau expects the gastro-intestinal virus that has been wreaking havoc with his roster to run its course by the time the Canadiens play the New Jersey Devils this afternoon.

But he's not sure that shutdown centre Radek Bonk will be in the lineup.

Bonk was hit in the face by a clearing attempt by teammate Mike Komisarek during the second period of yesterday's 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers.

"He went to the hospital for x-rays, so we'll see (today) whether he can play," Carbonneau said.

While there was no official word on the injury, there was a fear Bonk, the anchor on the Canadiens' checking line, had suffered a broken jaw that could keep him on the sidelines for a while.

Bonk has bounced back from two facial injuries this season without missing a game. He has played through a broken nose, and a mouth injury that required some dental work.

The Canadiens are already coping with a series of gastro-intestinal woes.

Carbonneau cancelled practice Friday after five players called in sick. All five showed up for work yesterday, but captain Saku Koivu called in sick, while forward Guillaume Latendresse was sent home before the morning skate yesterday.

"It seems to be a 24-hour thing and we'll see where we stand (today)," he said.

Defenceman Craig Rivet, who was among the absentees Friday, said he still didn't feel 100 per cent yesterday, but: "I felt good enough to play and if you say you can go, there aren't any excuses. I think there were guys who were still a little dehydrated and not feeling great, but now we can get some liquids and rest before the Devils (3 p.m., TSN, RDS, CJAD Radio-800)."

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