The Montreal Canadiens worst nightmare has come true.
Starting goaltender Carey Price will miss the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals after being run into by Rangers forward Chris Kreider during game one, coach Michel Therrien announced today.
“Carey Price will not be available tonight, nor for the rest of that series”-Michel Therrien
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 19, 2014
Here’s the play:
Price stayed in the game for the rest of the 2nd period, but allowed 2 goals in the final 1:01 of the frame. He did not return for the 3rd as the Rangers scored 3 more goals in the teams 7-2 rout.
Canadiens’ players and coaches did not hide their displeasure with Kreider in recent days.
“He didn’t run him, but he didn’t do anything to turn his body,” Canadiens forward Brandon Prust said. “We call it accidentally on purpose.”
Therrien wasn’t too kind about Kreider either.
“I reviewed the incident. Obviously, it was an accidental contact, but let’s put it this way, he didn’t make much effort to avoid the contact,” Therrien said. “I’m sure the intention of the player was not to hit the goalie, but you have to try to do everything in your power to avoid contact, and it’s tough to say if he tried everything to avoid that contact.”
Therrien called Price the Canadiens’ best player, and the team will now have to go in a different direction.
The Canadiens have not yet named a replacement for tonight’s game 2, but signs are pointing to rookie Dustin Tokarski starting in Price’s place.