Hockey wasn’t the only thing on Canadiens goalie Carey Price’s mind Monday morning.
Price sent out a Twitter message early Monday morning saying: “If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they’re mine.”
The Canadian Press reported that TSN Radio 690 noted a caller who heard their report about the missing dogs found them and returned them to Price, who lives in Montreal’s South Shore suburb of Candiac. The person who found the dogs was reported to have received an autographed goalie stick from Price.
The Canadiens had a practice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they prepare for Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
After practice, Price told reporters his dogs escaped out of his garage, adding it wasn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last.
Rene Bourque missed practice because of the flu and coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard “hopefully he’ll play tomorrow.”
Douglas Murray was paired with Mike Weaver on defence, taking Francis Bouillon’s spot, while Ryan White was on the fourth line with Dale Weise and Travis Moen. Brandon Prust and George Parros were the extra forwards.
After practice, Therrien said he would not talk about any lineup changes he might have planned for Game 3. The coach added that he is excited about playing Game 3 and 4 in front of the Bell Centre fans.
“Like Boston’s fans, our fans are very, very passionate about their team,” Therrien told reporters. “That’s why we’ve had success at home, the fact that we play in front of our fans. They can make the building that much more intimidating for our opponent. It’s a source of motivation for the home team.
“We’re excited to play at home. There’s no better place to play playoff hockey than the Bell Centre,” the coach added. “I am doing my best to ensure that we remain focused on good things. We’re looking forward to a good game in a charged up building. It will be great to be a part of that. I expect the guys to be excited.”
Alex Galchenyuk skated on his own before practice as he continues to recover from a lower-body injury.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:
The Bruins practised in Boston Monday before flying to Montreal. Bruins defencemen Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton told reporters they have uncovered the secret to beating Price, saying the goaltender leaves himself open to high shots when he drops down to see through traffic in front of his net.
“I’ve seen a lot of scouting reports on lots of goaltenders throughout the league and that’s pretty much the scouting report on everybody,” Price told reporters in Brossard after practice. “It’s the same for (Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask). It’s the same for me. It’s the same for (Tampa Bay’s) Ben Bishop. It’s the same for (Chicago’s) Corey Crawford. It’s a pretty irrelevant comment.”
Therrien said it’s part of the Bruins’ strategy.
“It’s something we’ve seen time and again,” Therrien said after practice. “I talked to (goaltender coach) Stephane Waite and he said in the Stanley Cup finals, there was a lot of talk about Crawford and a lot of goals being scored on his glove side. It’s a part of the Bruins’ strategy.”
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