Gainey: Koivu's status in hands of the doctors

Updated: April 30, 2006, 10:27 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Several news sources reported Sunday that Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was released from the hospital Saturday, but has not yet been cleared to play after suffering an eye injury in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Hurricanes.

Saku Koivu
Koivu

"Right now, it's in the hands of the doctors," Canadiens coach Bob Gainey told local reporters on Saturday. "Saku has shown some improvement, but it's still a medical issue. It won't become a competitive issue until he's cleared by the doctors."

The Montreal Gazette reported that it doesn't appear that Koivu will suffer any permanent damage to his left eye. Koivu suffered the injury in Game 3 of Montreal's series against Carolina when he took an accidental high stick from Justin Williams.

"He's shown improvement every day," Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet told the newspaper. "There's still blood in the eye and there are tests that have to be done when the swelling goes down, but his vision is slowly improving."

Carolina took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 2-1 win over Montreal on Sunday night.

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