Canadiens’ Price to miss rest of East final with suspected knee injury

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BROSSARD, Que. — The Montreal Canadiens will be without goaltender Carey Price for at least the rest of the NHL Eastern Conference final.

Coach Michel Therrien announced made the announcement after an optional skate on Monday morning.

Price appeared to injure his right knee when New York’s Chris Kreider ran into him skates-first in the second period of the Rangers’ 7-2 win in the opener of the best-of-seven series.

Therrien did not say of Peter Budaj or third-stringer Dustin Tokarski would start Game 2 on Monday night at the Bell Centre.

“Carey Price won’t be able to play, not only for tonight but for the rest of the series,” said Therrien. “Really disappointed. He’s our best player.

“Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play. That’s the truth. And Kreider, that’s not the first time he’s going at goalies. So we end up losing our best player, but our group faced a lot of adversity throughout the course of the season. We have the attitude to respond really well and that’s what I’m expecting, starting tonight.”

Therrien said he hopes the team can win without him to give Price a chance to return for the Stanley Cup final.

Price stayed in Game 1 after the collision but was replaced after the second frame by Budaj. He tested the knee briefly on Sunday morning, but did not take part in an optional practice.

Price backstopped Canada to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics in February and was having strong playoffs for the Canadiens.

Organizations: Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Bell Centre

Geographic location: New York, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Not a hab fan
    May 19, 2014 - 16:48

    Price is a very good goalie but it was a hockey play that he got hurt on! Not being allowed to play until player gets better is only something a habs fan or someone who knows nothing about the game would say

  • vick
    May 19, 2014 - 14:55

    Ah the hab fans are crying was not a cheap shot and I am sure Subban never ran a goalie before did he! Go Rangers1

    May 19, 2014 - 14:34

    We hope they can get motivated by this and use it as a catylst to win over NYR

  • New York fan
    May 19, 2014 - 12:31

    Chris Kreider should not be aloud to play until Price can return.If you injury someone you should have to sit out until they return.This whould stop most of the cheap shots.

    • paulgr
      May 19, 2014 - 14:36

      any reasonable person could see from the replay that it was accidental and not anything to deliberately injure.

    • Lit
      May 19, 2014 - 14:47

      I completely agree with New York Fan. It's not his first time running goalies and causing injury, look at what he did to Anderson for example. Any contact with goalies intentional or not, should result in at least a penalty. If the goalie is put out on injury there should be a suspension for the amount of time the goalie is out, then maybe the whole running the goalie thing will come to an end. After all this is hockey not football