NHL: Price Injury Means ‘Bonne Nuit’ For Canadiens
Carey Price had to leave Game 1 against the New York Rangers with a knee injury. Coach Michel Terrien said Monday that Price will not play any more games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“Really disappointed,” Therrien said. “Obviously, he’s our best player.”
Canadiens lost Price to injury in last year’s playoffs as well, and it’s now up to Peter Budaj or Dustin Tokarski to step in and try to secure the Canadiens back end. Budaj came in after Price left the game, and allowed three goals, not the best start for him. Terrien didn’t mention who will start tonight’s game, but don’t be surprised if Tokarski gets the start.
Price’s injury is a big blow for the Canadiens, and the New York Rangers are definitely the big favorites now. All the talk before the series began was the goalie duel between Price and Henrik Lundqvist, and with Price out the odds are in favor of the Rangers.
The Montreal fans and team now have to rely on either Budaj, who has only played in seven NHL playoff games with a 5.13 GAA and a measly .843 SV%, or Tokarski, a player with only 10 NHL games under his belt.
I predicted that the Rangers would take this series in seven games before it began, but with Price out it might end much sooner than that. I just don’t see the Canadiens being able to beat the Rangers without Price. Bonne nuit Montreal, you had a good run.