Canadiens point man Mark Streit to sit out with hip injury, Ryder to play

MONTREAL – Power-play point man Mark Streit will sit out the Montreal Canadiens’ playoff game Thursday night with a hip injury.

Coach Guy Carbonneau said Streit was injured in the second period of Game 4 on Tuesday in Boston. He said Streit’s status was “day-to-day.” Michael Ryder will return to the lineup in Streit’s spot. Montreal leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series 3-1 and can wrap it up with a victory Thursday night.

Streit splits his time between playing defence and left wing and also mans the right point on the power play. Patrice Brisebois will likely take over the point, although Roman Hamrlik and forward Sergei Kostitsyn can also do the job.

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“We have three guys that can play there so it’s not a problem,” said Carbonneau.

Defenceman Francis Bouillon (ankle) and captain Saku Koivu (fractured foot) are also missing for Montreal. Neither is expected to play in the series.

For the Bruins, defenceman Aaron Ward skated Thursday morning but will be a game-time decision, said coach Claude Julien. Ward missed practice Wednesday with a sore knee.

If Ward sits out, Andrew Alberts is likely to suit up.