After enjoying a two-day vacation following their first-round playoff sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens returned to the ice for a practice Friday morning in Brossard.
The only player who didn’t take part was Alex Galchenyuk, who hasn’t skated since suffering a lower-body injury during a game in Chicago on April 9. Coach Michel Therrien is hoping Galchenyuk will be able to play in the second round of the playoffs, but no timetable has been set yet for the forward’s return.
Travis Moen, who has almost fully recovered from a concussion suffered in a fight with Boston’s Kevan Miller on March 24, wore a full-contact jersey and skated on a line with Ryan White and George Parros at practice.
“I feel good,” Moen told reporters in Brossard after practice. “The last four or five days I’ve been getting up there skating-wise, so I’ll be 100 per cent very shortly.”
The Canadiens will face the winner of the Boston-Detroit series in the second round. The Bruins took a 3-1 lead in that best-of-seven series with a 3-2 overtime win Thursday night. Game 5 is Saturday in Boston (3 p.m., TSN, NBC, RDS).
The NHL on Friday announced the three finalists for the Vézina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender and the Canadiens’ Carey Price didn’t make it. The finalists are Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov. The 30 NHL general managers vote on the award.
Price posted a 34-20-5 record this season with six shutouts, one less than league-leader Rask. Price had a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentaage. You can see the complete NHL regular-season goalie stats by clicking here.
“I’m very surprised. Carey deserves to be there,” Therrien told reporters about Price being snubbed for the Vézina. “All three goalies who were finalists had excellent seasons, make no mistake about that, but Carey should be right there with them because he had an unbelievable year.”
Here’s how the Habs’ lines and defence pairings looked at Friday’s practice:
(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)