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Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher out with concussion

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    Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, right, pressures Philadelphia Flyers' goalie Brian Boucher as Flyers' Brayden Schenn (10) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)The Associated Press

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    Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher scores against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)The Associated Press

The Montreal Canadiens are hopeful Brendan Gallagher won't miss much time a day after suffering a concussion in a win against Philadelphia.

The feisty rookie forward left Saturday night's game early in the third period after taking a hit from Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Gallagher was already "feeling a lot better," though he stressed that the club will follow league protocol and make sure he's fully recovered.

Under the NHL's new rules this year, a player who suffers a concussion no longer has to remain inactive for seven days, but must pass a series of tests.

Gallagher had a goal and an assist against the Flyers before the injury, as the Canadiens went on to a 4-1 win.

Forward Max Pacioretty, who also left Saturday night's game after getting cut by a skate as he drove to the net, was back at practice Sunday.