Habs hold Sunday practice without Price after Game 1 loss to Rangers

The Canadiens haven’t held a lot of Sunday practices this season, but they did after Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

The players hit the ice at 11 a.m. Sunday in Brossard to prepare for Game 2 of the series Monday night at the Bell Centre (8 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690), but one of the players missing was Carey Price. The goaltender did go on the ice in Brossard with goalie coach Stephane Waite for about five minutes earlier in the morning and did some stretching before deciding to skip the optional practice.

The other players who decided to skip the practice were Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, P.K. Subban and Josh Gorges. Goalies Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski were in the nets.

Budaj has a 3-1-0 lifetime record against the Rangers and made 27 saves in the Canadiens’ 2-0 win over New York on Oct. 28. In seven career playoff games, Budaj has an 0-2 record with a 5.13 goals-against average and .843 save percentage.

Price was pulled after the second period of Game 1 with the Canadiens losing 4-1. Price was shaken up early in the second period when the Rangers’ Chris Kreider plowed into him in the crease. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after the game he thought the collision was accidental and added he didn’t pull Price because he was injured.

“The fact is I took him out to protect him,” Therrien said after Saturday’s game. “We were not sharp in front of him.”

After Sunday’s practice, Therrien told reporters in Brossard: “Today is an optional practice,  and this is a therapy day for (Price).  I reviewed the incident, and obviously  it  was  an accidental contact.  Put it this way, (he) didn’t make much effort to avoid the contact.”

When asked if there was any doubt Price would play in Game 2, Therrien said: “We’ll see tomorrow.  I can’t tell you that right now.”

As for the Game 1 blowout loss, Therrien said: “We turned the page and I’m not going back to yesterday’s game. What’s important to us is how we play tomorrow.”

The coach added: “What I’ve liked about our team all season is how we’ve responded to losses. Tomorrow I expect our team to have a good attitude.”

Alex Galchenyuk, who has been sidelined for more than a month with a knee injury, spent extra time on the ice after practice with assistant coach Gerard Gallant and has been cleared for contact.

“He’s doing really good,” Therrien said about Galchenyuk. ” He’s cleared for contact, he practised well, and we’ll see for tomorrow.”

Therrien added “it’s always a possibility” Galchenyuk could play in Game 2.

Meanwhile, the entire Rangers team attended the funeral service in Laval Sunday for teammate Martin St. Louis. St. Louis’s mother, France, died suddenly of a heart attack in Montreal on May 8 at age 63.

“Well, what I can say is that the New York Rangers family  has been touched by a little Quebec family in a deep, profound way,” coach Alain Vigneault said when he met with the media after the funeral. “Today  was  very  emotional,  very  moving  time  for  our team to have the opportunity to be there and share that with Marty and his family.

“Marty  took  the stand or the podium or whatever you want to call it, and  shared some incredible moments.  It was a very deep message.  It was a challenging day for us.”

Vigneault was asked how his team can focus its attention back on Game 2 Monday night.

“Well, I think considering we’ve got basically the rest  of  the  day  off  and guys are going to do what they normally do the night  before  a  game,  and  tomorrow morning we’re going to practise, and we’re  going  to  start focusing on what we need to do hockey-wise.  That’s the  only  thing  we can do.  Today is a day where we think about Marty and his  family  and his mother, and tomorrow life goes on and we’ve got to get ready for a big game.”

Vigneault was also asked if Price doesn’t play in Game 2 if that would change his team’s approach.

“I’m  sure  Price  is  going to be there, so we’re getting ready for him,” Vigneault said.

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

Still no word on whether Price will play, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Will Monday dawn for Price and Habs? by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Evening the score, canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), canadiens.com

Price check for Canadiens, NHL.com

Players, hockey icons attend funeral for St. Louis’s mother, montrealgazette.com

Rangers put a 7-2 whupping on Habs, by Pat Hickey

‘We got our asses kicked,’ Bourque says, by Pat Hickey

Canadiens up against speed, sympathy, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

GM Bergevin give Therrien vote of confidence, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Rout by Rangers brings Habs ‘back to earth,’ NHL.com

Game 1 gone and forgotten, canadiens.com

Rangers rout Canadiens in Game 1, NHL.com

Game 1 photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Rangers’ McDonagh in top form against team that sent him away, New York Times

Canadiens a distant memory for McDonagh, New York Daily News

Lundqvist exorcises his Montreal demons, New York Post

Habs make bet with Jimmy Fallon on conference final, canadiens.com

475 Comments

  1. Coach K says:

    I understand everyone’s frustration with the collision between Kreider and Price (and I’m not defending his actions) but but I did see on the replay, Emelin’s stick blade make brief contact with the heel of Kreider’s skate just before he went down. Still, he didn’t make much of an effort to minimize the contract…

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  2. Adidess says:

    Shoot, this is really not turning out the way we want or expected in this series so far.

    If Price is hurt (say he’s at 75% physical form), I’d put Budaj in tonight and save Price, up his therapy for next game at MSG.

    We can win tonight with Buday and yes we can also lose. But if we lose with an injured Price in net tonight, we have no bullets left and little hope on doing anything in NY.

  3. CHicoHab says:

    I think Carey took the shot to the knee and it obviously hurt him immediately. Then yesterday was still sore. In sure they’ve xrayed to see if any damage. For him to play means is just a sore bruise. I trust if he says he can play means he can play. Can’t see him putting himself above the team. Character player. If that alone doesn’t spark the troops then I don’t know what will. GHG!!!!

  4. Hobie says:

    Tony Marinaro ‏@TonyMarinaro 11m

    Just received a text message minutes ago it read: Price underwent tests this morning, he’s about 75% & wants 2play. Looks like he’ll start.

  5. Swoop says:

    Very important win tonight! Habs proved in the second period of game 1 that they can play their game. Habs have to score the first goal to get the ice to tilt their way. Expect every player to have a better game. Especially Patches, Vanek, Bourque. Would love to see Chucky get a chance to add some value to this team tonight.

    Total dominance tonight by the Habs. I don’t care who we have in net, this is going to be a great game.

    GO HABS GO!!! GO HABS GO!!!

  6. Phil C says:

    There is absolutely no question in my mind that Kreider lost his balance accidentally as you are not going to pass up a scoring chance to crash the goalie. I think he went out of control trying to get the shot off under pressure. There is also absolutely no question in my mind that he went down in a way that would maximize the risk of injury to Price. If that was a practice and it was his own goalie, there is a 0% chance he goes into his goalie skates first like that. Crashing the goalie like that is one of the oldest bush-league tricks in the book. Prust is right on this one.

    I would like to see the Habs beat them on the score board first, but I also think Emelin and Subban should not pas up an opportunity to absolutely crush Kreider. They need to slow him down anyway, so use his speed against him and set him up for a big collision a la Kronwall.

    Losing Price will be a blow, but if the Habs play their winning style, the Habs can still win as they don’t give up a lot of chances when they are playing well.

  7. Danno says:

    CTV’s Brian Wilde says Price will play

    https://twitter.com/BWildeCTV/status/468399793572966400

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  8. PK says:

    Marinaro on TSN 690 says CP31 will play (according to his source)?

    Budaj and Tokarski at practice this am

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  9. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! The Boys in Vegas have Habs favoured at -130. Key to the game is hit Hard on the Forecheck and get The Rags off their game. Disrupt the D and get in the “Kings” Kitchen. The Habs have the Speed, time to up the Nasty. Habs in 6. Saludos!

    • Corporate says:

      I think we can still beat Rangers even with Budaj in nets. This will go into at least 7 if it is the case. However, no way we beat LA or Hawks with Budaj or Tokarski. It was a may be at best with Price.

  10. adamkennelly says:

    my gut tells me he is not playing – his knee got f-ed up pretty good.

    I go ahead and take out Lundquist – apologies to him but he can thank his buddy Kreider for putting the target on his back.

  11. Danno says:

    #20

    Write that number down.

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  12. FlyAngler says:

    It would be very interesting to know if Kreider played baseball as a kid, because he went into Price in a way that greatly resembles the way that a baserunner slides cleats first into an infielder, which makes the infielder or the goalie in this case the one who is vulnerable to injury and protects the one sliding cleats or skates first to the max. Notice what part of Kreider makes contact with the goal posts- his padded and well cushioned buttocks- very appropriate for the Ahole that he is. If Price does not play tonight their needs to be prudent and appropriate retributive justice. No way that Kreider will fight with his surgically repaired hand, so there will need to be another solution. How about 1 shift for Knuckles Nilan to get the job done?

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  13. piter says:

    Good morning everyone. I figure I’ll throw in my two cents concerning Price and his injury. He definitely got hurt on the original play. He will probably start today, but if he shows any sign of aggravating it more, he will come out. I think Price was hoping his knee was going to be okay, but after a few slides back and forth at practice, he knew it wasn’t. I don’t think he would get all his equipment on, slide around a bit, test his knee, decide it’s okay, and than go off the ice and get undressed. More likely, he was intending/expecting to stay on the ice for the whole practice, but left when realizing his knee was still sore. I sure hope I’m wrong.

    • FlyAngler says:

      I hope that you are wrong too Piter, but your conjecture seems very well reasoned and logical. Time to start praying I guess……

      “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  14. Danno says:

    Budaj and Toker on ice for morning skate in Brossard.

    Carey Price not there.

    https://twitter.com/ArponBasu/status/468394559782006784

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  15. jimmy shaker says:

    I think budashe will get the start tonight and if he doesn’t do the job look for toker to get this team back on track. Rangers are a better road team than a home team, so that’s a good thing. Habs have to score first, Vanek has to get engaged and the D has to get cleaned up with their coverage in their zone. I expect the team to win because A) It’s a regular night time game, not a stupid Betterman afternoon game that nobody watched anyway down south. B) I’ll be watching, only games I didn’t watch so far in this years playoffs were the two afternoon games which they lost. C) This year’s team has a mystique about them that will carry them to the Stanley Cup Finals. They WILL get there, but as far as knocking off the kings or hawks to capture Lord Stanely, that is a different question altogether.

    Shaker out!

  16. Prop says:

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  17. Maritime Ronn says:

    Here’s hoping this guy is wrong….

    Published by James Murphy ( he has good NHL creds)
    updated 7:03 pm EDT, Sun May 18, 2014

    “According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Canadiens goalie Carey Price is likely out for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals and possibly the remainder of the series.
    The source said that Price likely hyper-extended his right knee on the play and may have torn ligaments in the knee.”

    http://www.xnsports.com/2014/05/18/carey-price-out-game-2-possibly-series/

  18. Hobie says:

    Let’s not kid ourselves, Chris Kreider knew EXACTLY what he was doing. He wasn’t even touched and jumped directly into Carey Price’s knee with his skate blade.

    Brandon Prust said in an interview yesterday that players learn how to skate and fall properly in the NHL from the time they’re five-years-old.

    Anyway, nothing we can do about it now. It’s just very frustrating waiting 20 years for a shot at making to the finals, only to have a guy intentionally injure your best player.

    If the Rangers do go onto win the series, I hope Prust lets Kreider know that he’s a dead man next year in the handshake line. A little more quietly than Milan Lucic did though.

    • Paz says:

      A real league finds a way to protect their vulnerable players. A real league does not leave it up to the players to police themselves.

      Hobie, do you watch the NFL? Do you see how they have changed their rules to protect quarterbacks and wide receivers?

      The NHL should have reviewed the hit on Price, acknowledged that Kreider has a history of these collisions, and SUSPENDED Kreider for several games.

      Why?

      Because Pacioretty or Bourque might do the exact same thing to Lundquist tonight and all hell will break loose.

      Is that what the league wants? Is that good for hockey?

      The people running this league have no clue, absolutely none, and they make tons of money in spite of their ignorance.

      • Hobie says:

        I agree 100% man.

        The NHL should suspend Kreider. Unfortunately, what about the other 100 guys that tried to do what Kreider did throughout the season? The NHL can’t just flip a switch and start today.

        Because things are the way they are right now, if I’m Therrien or someone else on the Canadiens staff, I gather all the more physical players on the Canadiens together and instruct them to do their best to injure Lundqvist or maybe Richards or St. Louis. While doing so, try your best to make it look like an accident like Kreider did.

        • JF says:

          If the Habs are focused on injuring one of the Rangers rather than on winning the game, they’ll lose.

          • Hobie says:

            If the situation presents itself. If the Habs are up or down by a wide margin late in the game or if there is an opening where it can look accidental.

            I’m not saying to forget about the score and go headhunting. These guys are professionals and aren’t stupid.

        • mrhabby says:

          lmao..suspend him for what.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        You’re right. The money keeps rolling in because Canadians love hockey.

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        Moving. Forward.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Hobie

      The only person that will ever know the intent – that is if there was one, will be Kreider himself.

      As for Kreider ” never being touched,” you might want to review the video again.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D0RX9pcJDo

      At arount the 1:20 mark, it’s absolutely clear than Emelin stick was used in a roundabout slash and came into contact with Kreider’s skates.
      Over and above that, Weise had a quick hook under Kreider’s left arm.

      Did those 2 actions/contacts make Kreider fall?
      Only he knows….

      • Hobie says:

        Again, he knew exactly how to manipulate the situation to his advantage. He was ever so slightly touched and went into a jackhammer position immediately and aimed right for Price’s knees.

        • Habs4LifeInTO says:

          This was Kreider’s plan all along. It’s his MO. Most know that now. Some people won’t face these facts. That’s why rules are often so far behind current events….

          24 cups and counting….

      • Paz says:

        even kreider admitted publicly that he has “trouble” stopping on that kind of play.

        he did the exact same thing at least twice already.

        it is ridiculous to believe that he doesn”t know how dangerous his actions are.

        • Hobie says:

          Ya, that interview made me furious. It was so obvious he was playing dumb.

          “Uh, umm, I’ve got to learn to stay on my feet a bit better in those situations, I’ve always had a problem with that.”

        • Habs4LifeInTO says:

          The judgement here is recklessness and high potential for injury to the goalie if you want to be kind. Take the word intent right out of it as some have a real difficulty seeing bad in others….If the punishment is to accurately fit the crime then it is much worse in my opinion. I have no problem seeing the intent here. This is the way I see it but some will disagree I’m sure…..

          24 cups and counting….

      • Habs4LifeInTO says:

        Thanks for coming out….

        24 cups and counting….

    • jrs10069 says:

      I think Price will sit today but will be back for 3 after we win.

      If he is out for the remainder then there will be retribution. If I were Henrik, i would be really pissed at Kreider.

      jrs10069

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        If so, then playing the next 2 games Thursday-Sunday instead of what could have been Wednesday-Friday may end up being a good thing.

  19. Cal says:

    Looks like we all need a boost fromThe King himself!

  20. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    We shall see what we are or what we need to be.
    GO Habs GO!!!


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