MONTREAL -- New Canaan native Max Pacioretty -- a left wing for the Montreal Canadiens -- suffered a severe concussion and and a fractured fourth cervical vertebrae when he was slammed headfirst into the glass Tuesday night on a check by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Pacioretty was taken off the ice on a stretcher after the hit, which resulted in a major penalty and game misconduct for Chara.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin told reporters after practice that Pacioretty will remain in the hospital for observation.

"There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely," Martin said. "The most important thing for our organization right now is Max's recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter."

Pacioretty was chasing the puck along the boards in front of the team benches late in the second period when he was checked by Chara.

After being hit, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward lay face down and motionless and the Canadiens' team doctor was quickly at his side, attending to him.

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