Habs’ Price out for rest of Rangers series; Tokarski reported to start Game 2 (Video)

The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Brossard before facing the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final Monday night at the Bell Centre (8 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

Among the players skipping the skate was Carey Price and coach Michel Therrien announced to the media after the skate that the goaltender would miss the rest of the series against the Rangers.

“Carey Price won’t be able to play, not only for tonight but for the rest of the series,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard. “Really disappointed. He’s our best player.”

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports tweeted after 5 p.m. that Dustin Tokarski will get the start for the Canadiens in Game 2.

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 of the 7-2 loss when the Rangers’ Chris Kreider plowed into him in the crease and the goalie skipped the Canadiens’ practice on Sunday.

After Sunday’s practice, Therrien said: “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.”

Therrien changed his tune following Monday’s morning skate with news that Price was done for the series.

“Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play,” Therrien said after the morning skate. “That’s the truth. And Kreider, that’s not the first time he’s going at goalies. So we end up losing our best player, but our group faced a lot of adversity throughout the course of the season. We have the attitude to respond really well and that’s what I’m expecting, starting tonight.”

Therrien wouldn’t say who his starting goalie will be for Game 2 between Peter Budaj and Tokarski. Forward Alex Galchenyuk, who has yet to play in the postseason because of a knee injury, will also be a game-time decision.

“You’ll know my lineup for Game 2 only tonight,” Therrien said.

Therrien was asked how his club can overcome the adversity of losing Price for the series.

“Well, you know what? One thing that we always preach with our team is being  good  teammates, and we’ve got a chance tonight again to give Carey Price a chance to get back in the playoffs, so to be able to do that, we’re going to have to be at our best because we’re playing against some world (class) hockey players. We play against a good hockey team, and we’ll need to be at our best to give Price a chance to come back in the playoffs.”

Therrien said he wasn’t sure if Price would be ready to return if the Canadiens advance to the Stanley Cup final.

“I know our team’s got a lot of character,” Therrien said. “That is the No. 1 reason why we’re here. We were capable to prove it in the past, and again, we’ve got that challenge to show again that we’ve got tons of character and we’re saying that Carey’s not able to play in this series. We  want to go further.  We hope that he’s going to be ready if we can.”

Other players who skipped the morning skate Monday were Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

You can listen to Therrien’s morning press conference by clicking here.

When Rangers coach Alain Vigneault met with the media Monday, he was asked for his reaction to Price being out for the rest of the series.

“It  doesn’t really change anything for us,” Vigneault said. “We’re trying to get ready for our game.  Prior to the series, we had prepared for three  possible  goaltenders, obviously, spending more time on Price.  It’s very unfortunate what happened to him.  But for us, it’s business as usual.”

Vigneault was also asked if he thought Kreider would be targeted by the Canadiens in Game 2.

“I  can’t speak for how they’re going to react,” he said. “I can just tell you how we’re going to play.  Kreider is a good player, an honest  player like the rest of our team.  We play a straight-forward game, whistle to whistle and that’s not going to change tonight.”

Vigneault wouldn’t say if Derick Brassard, who left Game 1 with what appeared to be a back injury, would be ready for Game 2, saying the forward is “day-to-day.”

“And as far as lineup decisions, I haven’t finalized that,” Vigneault added. “It’s like any other game, you’ll find out tonight at 8 o’clock when the puck drops.”

Kreider denied Monday that he was trying to run Price and said he had only one regret about the play.

“I wish I would’ve put it in the net,” he told reporters. “Obviously, I was trying to score a goal. I put it wide. It was a bang-bang play.”

He added: “I’m going to play my game, play hard, and try to get to the net. I’m here to play my game and play hard, and I think I’m a clean player. I don’t go out with the intent to hurt anyone ever, so I’m going to continue to try and get to the net and score goals.”

(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)

(Video by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell)

Game 2 Preview, NHL.com

Game Notes

Five Keys to Game 2, canadiens.com

Price out for series, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Game Day Report, canadiens.com

Evening the score, canadiens.com

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

Rangers show support for St. Louis at funeral, New York Times

Richards, St. Louis bond goes back to first days as teammates, New York Post

Some Canadiens fault Kreider’s collision, New York Times

Vigneault is the anti-Tortorella, New York Daily News

613 Comments

  1. New says:

    Well hopefully we get to see Budaj play like he can.

    Then I suppose Kollider will accidently crash into him as well, just to prove accidents happen between best goalies and over rated AHLers. Yes, I am PO’ed. In my opinion this is so bush league. Team Canada took St Louis along, his attitude kept him in the stands, but it didn’t stop him from learning where Price was hurt and not healed. What a bunch of low life bums. I never expected that from a Vigneault coached team but I guess being in the center of the NHL monoverse brought out the best in him. That little smirk of his says it all “Let’s see how you do without your goalie.”

    The sooner some owners wise up and wander off to start their own League the better.

    • Clay says:

      A little over the top, no? Blaming this on Vigneault and St. Louis is more than a stretch.

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  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Not to worry, every one of the boys knows who got them this far, they will be very focused and win this series for Cary!

  3. mdp2011 says:

    Woke up this morning, did my yard work, cleaned out the garage, and other spring cleaning, felt great to get all my work done and feel like a million bucks. Just logged onto twitter and boom!!!! WTF???? What a kick in the nuts.

  4. adamkennelly says:

    this sucks boys…big time. team needs to rally hard and pick up a big win tonight.

    I personally go hard after their goaler – and do some harm to Kreider – he has a history of this kind of crap and certainly didn’t make any attempt to no go hard in Price.

  5. The Teacher says:

    Hairy. Are you drunk?

  6. HairyHabist says:

    Kreider’s done what we knew every team would be trying to do. They figure take out Price and the Habs are toast.

    Not so fast. The Habs are a good team. They have character. Budaj has shown he can win. And Tokarski can also play.

    This series ain’t over yet. Not by a long shot.

  7. Maritime Ronn says:

    Logic would say Budaj starts, yet that just may NOT be the right choice at this time for a host of reasons.

    Does Therrien have a hunch, and if so, will he play it?

    While all say Budaj is a great team mate and partner for Carey and the rest – and he has played some great ‘Back-Up’ games when there was little to NO pressure, when Budaj was called upon to be the Real #1, he has underperformed….or even failed in that duty.

    Ex. 1:
    Game 5 vs Ottawa in last year’s playoffs after Carey was hurt.
    The Habs lost 6-1, and Budaj posted a terrible .793 SP.
    He gave up 3 goals on 18 shots in the first 2 periods, and was clearly nervous and overwhelmed.

    Ex. 2:
    When Price was hurt following the Olympics, Budaj was called upon to replace him and again, had the Real Pressure of a #1.
    His record was 2-5 and he surrendered 23 goals in those 7 games for a GAA of 3.29.
    In 5 of those games, his Save Percentage was < .880, with a low of .783.

    Most know of the pedigree of Carey Price before he entered the NHL and was handed the starting job:
    – He won a Gold medal at the 2007 World Juniors.
    – He won both the Del Wilson Trophy as the top goaltender in the WHL, and CHL Goaltender of the Year in his final season of major junior in 2007.
    - He won the AHL Calder Cup, winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.

    Now meet Dustin Tokarski:

    – He led Spokane to the 2008 Memorial Cup, and was named the top goaltender and most valuable player of the playoffs.
    – He lead Team Canada to Gold at the 2009 World Juniors.
    – In 2012, he won the AHL's Calder Cup with the Norfolk.

    Tokarski appeared in 3 games for the Habs this year.
    He shutout Buffalo in Buffalo on March 16th.
    He beat Anaheim in Anaheim in OT posting a .929 SP.

    Make your choice…the nighmare has come true

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

      Budaj is the backup. You have to go to him for this game; that’s why you’re paying him. But if he can’t get it done today, all bets are off and the Toker could get his chance.

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    • Clay says:

      I’m with you on Tokarski. I like his resume and what he’s shown in limited action in the NHL. The Rangers also are very unlikely to have a ‘book’ on him. But either way it’s a downgrade; the Habs need to play their best to have a chance.

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  8. nickster13 says:

    Budaj’s a good goalie, plus it’s just the Rangers. If we lose this series its not because of missing Price or because the Rangers brought their A game. We are the better team, even still.
    No excuses! Win! Relax, people, we will be fine.

    “I don’t wanna see Maurice tonight, I want the Rocket!”

  9. Adidess says:

    Listen, I’ll try to reserve judgement and remain optimistic.

    But, if we thought Tampa started off with a handicap by not having Bishop, we are in the same predicament here. I expect we’ll be fine tonight, but we’ll need a miracle to win the series.

  10. Clay says:

    Without question this sucks. But it’s not an excuse for the team to give up – rather, it should be used as motivation to compete harder. It will be interesting to see how the team reacts.

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  11. DipsyDoodler says:

    Rangers are staying at the Ritz-Carlton, in case anyone wants to go Tonya Harding on Lundqvist.

    I’d do it but I’m gardening today.

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    Moving. Forward.

  12. Prop says:

    Well… the worse case scenario just happened.

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  13. Richard B says:

    Strange the bruins didn’t think to run over price and remove him from the series.
    Rangers have it figured out. Run the goalie and put in 0 effort to avoid him.
    NHL needs to reexamine how the games are ref’ed.

  14. habsfan0 says:

    I’ll bet Steve Yzerman and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning are thinking: “Well,let’s see how the Habs do without their starting goalie.”

  15. Laramy87 says:

    Personally Id start Tokarski. I think he is more sound and moves around his net better. He is also a better puck handler. He’s been in big games when he won the gold medal for Canada.

    Budaj will start but i think he will have a short leash, an early one and he may be done.

  16. donairman says:

    Someone needs to make donair meat out of Kreider!

  17. WVHabsfan says:

    Not trying to be callous but I feel there might be a double standard for an all star/ Olympian

  18. WVHabsfan says:

    Thank you Windsor Hab. I am getting sick of it too. If one of their AHL call ups up in the press box mother died, would the whole team go? Even if the kid was from the Montreal area? He is going to miss his mom just as much as the great St Louis!

  19. CHicoHab says:

    Quote from Kreider. ” I’m sad to hear the news on Carey. Really I don’t usually go down skates first catapulting myself like a Jack knifed tractor trailer while drop kicking as hard as I can with the intent to maim and injure an All Star Gold medal winning and most likely the best goalie in the world that definitely is single handedly capable of hurting our chances in winning this series”

  20. Psycho29 says:

    C’mon Doom n Gloomers, get on this bandwagon.

    So many times this season this team has come up with a big win when we least expect it.
    Against Chicago?
    Vs Boston how many times?
    And that game in Toronto in March when according to certain posters the Leafs were going to beat us so badly (I think the exact term from one was: “Leafs goons will have a field day so on top of the humiliation on the scoreboard, Habs will also get beat up pretty badly.”)

    Habs will tighten up the D for whoever is in nets and will win in OT. We go to NY with the series 1-1. Going to be tough to win the series but just need to take it one game at a time….

    GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!

  21. frontenac1 says:

    This is Bad News losing Price but if this doesn’t motivate Les Boys, nothing will. Watch out now Rags! Habs in 6. Saludos!

  22. habsfan0 says:

    It’s time for Peter Budaj to pull a Jaroslav Halak.
    Or better.

  23. DipsyDoodler says:

    So all three of the other teams left in it have injured a key opponent.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  24. PK says:

    The Habs will play a tight defensive game tonight.
    Budaj/Tokarski hopefully won’t let in the soft goals.

    We still have a good chance …. Rangers are not formidable.

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  25. CHicoHab says:

    Our power play needs some major fine tuning now. Gotta pot one at every chance.

  26. boing007 says:

    Kreider’s slide into Price reminded me of how Ty Cobb used to slide into second base: razor sharp cleats parallel to the ground, straight for the leg. Ouch!

    Richard R

  27. RockinRey says:

    Implement a very conservative game plan. They are not going to free wheel in MSG and survive so might as well use a 1-2-2 type forecheck to pounce on mistakes.

    This does not have to be pretty. You are trying to get to the final.

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    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  28. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don’t mean to be rude but I don’t want to hear any more about Martin St.Louis’s grief. Apparently hockey is more important to him than his mother.

    • olematelot says:

      That’s just BS. Why would you even say something so ignorant.

    • RockinRey says:

      Your heart has to go out to him. Condolences and all to his family but I think to a degree the Rangers could have made this less voyeuristic if they said .” We will attend” “We support him and please respect that this is a private matter.”

      How a players mothers death becomes some rallying point is beyond me.

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  29. Hab_nut says:

    What can you say? Crushing news! I’ve always liked Budaj and I think he has it in him to win some big games, but needless to say, all of Montreal’s scorer’s need to be firing on all cylinders.
    Another big test for the team. WOW!

    Go Habs Go!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Play both Toker and Boods in a tandem the rest of the way.

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  30. Butterface says:

    Budaj ??? It better be Tokarski.

  31. Haberoooo13 says:

    We’re not the Bruins…Play hard, skate hard and things will work out

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  32. frontenac1 says:

    Mike is a bit of a gambler. Toker? Remember that Rookie Goalie that was called up in in 1971 playoffs? He won the Conn Smythe and Habs won the Cup? Ken Dryden.
    Habs in 6. Saludos!

  33. Maritime Ronn says:

    Absolutely horrible news……but how does a freelance hockey writer that mostly covers the Bruins, scoop all of the media covering the Canadiens…and he scooped them last night?

    Published by James Murphy
    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/

  34. The Teacher says:

    I wouldn’t start Budaj. Start tokarski

    • RockinRey says:

      What message does that send to the room that the guy who could have supplanted Budaj at anytime now moves to 2 on depth chart.

      I dont see it happening. Not saying it might not be the right move. Just saying I dont see MT pulling that.

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      —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  35. RockinRey says:

    Can you say trap????! 1 deep , defense first, transition game strong.

    This stuff happens. The Habs have to game plan around this. Dumb the game down. I am not saying a million icings but block shots. Super conservative game plan to insulate Budaj.

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    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  36. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Somebody better go out there & get that son of a bitch. Was intentional all the way.

  37. smiler2729 says:

    I heard yesterday that Price’s knee injury is one that would require him to miss 3 weeks if this were the regular season.

    It’s a tendon in his knee that would cause him pain to push off in his lateral movement.

    I knew there was something wrong with him on the last 2 goals Saturday…

    There’s a reason Peter Budaj is in a Habs uniform, he’s fully capable, he isn’t Alex Auld.

    We’ll see BUT I hope Kreider pays for this BIG TIME.

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    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
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    • RockinRey says:

      Its not a tendon. Its a ligament!!!

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      —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

      • smiler2729 says:

        Sorry, ligament, I’m no doctor. Just telling you what I was told.

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        Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
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    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Tell your uncle to tell his buddy that medical information is confidential.

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      Moving. Forward.

  38. Butterface says:

    IMO we should throw this game. Run Lundqvist at every opportunity. 45 times in the game. Play 5-3 the whole game. Just give him a concussion in the first period.

    Then pull a Matt Cooke on Crytear.

    Play the rest of the series without first string goalies.

    Start Tokarski.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Yeah and call up the Hansons

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      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
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  39. Adidess says:

    Man, how quickly fortunes turn! This is a major game (series) changer. We can still win, but assuming Lunqvist stays on net on the other side (wink-wink), we are in tough. Budaj was good in net all season, but I remember him in the Ottawa series last year.

  40. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

    Let’s go Habs! Beat the Rangers so that Carey’s season doesn’t have to end like this!

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  41. Habshire says:

    I feel the same way I felt when Justin Williams took out Saku.

  42. Haberoooo13 says:

    Well some Price Haters here might be happy….

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

    • Adidess says:

      Price haters have been few or mostly absent this year. In addition, I don’t think any of them wants him badly hurt and effectively out of the crease. Nobody has ever said ‘Price is in the way of playing our true #1 Peter Budaj’.

      Let’s have some sense of measure here. There may still be doubters of Price around here, I don’t see any haters anymore.

    • Haberoooo13 says:

      I had one old high school colleague dump on him after game 2…”Habs will never win with Price.” There are still haters here.

      Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  43. UKRAINIANhab says:

    %#^%

  44. Un Canadien errant says:

    Time for Devan Dubnyk to step up.

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  45. JUST ME says:

    May that be a lesson for all concerned on HIO.

    The words Marinaro, Wilde and source are never to be used in the same sentence. Two of the most unreliable know it all of all medias.

    O.k. so now the picture is clear, everyone needs to show even more tonight. May i remind you that Budaj is more than able to do the job and for many games the guys in front of him played as if they were on a mission to make sure he won so i am not at all worried. Our recipe of succes since day one of the season has been team effort.

  46. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    I suggest many here might want to watch the game anywhere but on CBC. If you think some of the people on here are still clueless about whether or not Krieder did this intentionally, one can only imagine the lengths to which the CBC nit wits will go to excuse Kreider. That may be too much for many to bear. My sense of right and wrong won’t be able to; I know that already….

    24 cups and counting….

  47. Haberoooo13 says:

    Imagine if Lucic or Marchand had done this…

    Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

  48. ths says:

    Its the NHL circus. Sharpen your skate blades and stick blades boys.
    Habs in 6 with 2 Ranger scalps

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  49. jimmy shaker says:

    Busdashe will do the job tonight, habs will score first and Vanek will get a goal and play like he’s actually interested in being out there on the ice.

    Shaker out!

  50. DipsyDoodler says:

    Well, NHL, you wanted roller derby on ice, and this is what you get.

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    Moving. Forward.

  51. Oh the reading here today just got a little more interesting. :lol:

    Montreal 5
    Rangers 0

    DUSTIN DUSTIN DUSTIN

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

  52. ths says:

    This is War !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  53. Maritime Ronn says:

    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva · 2m
    #canadiens Carey Price out for the rest of the playoffs vs Rangers. #tvasports

  54. The Teacher says:

    Run lundquist every chance u get.

  55. CHicoHab says:

    If Carey is good for 75% then let Budaj play the first 15 minutes and Carey the last 45 minutes. No?? : )

  56. HairyHabist says:

    Therrien just announced Price out for series.

  57. DipsyDoodler says:

    Price done for the series according to Therrien.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  58. JF says:

    Tony Marinaro tweeted Brian Wilde that Price is about 75% and wants to play:

    https://twitter.com/BWildeCTV

    Who knows how true this is? But Price should not play at 75%. He’ll just aggravate the injury.

  59. Psycho29 says:

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    BREAKING: St. Louis Blues announce three-year contract extension for Brian Elliott, meaning Ryan Miller will be moving on. three years, $7.5 million

  60. RockinRey says:

    If they deterimine they can’t skate with the Rangers then dumb the game down. 2-1-2 forecechk , pounce on chances. It does not have to be pretty to win ( how many dog games have we watched this year and wish we had that time back).

    I say Habs win 4-1!!!

    I like that stat from Canadiens.com

    Shoot the puck, shoot again, and shoot some more!!! Will your way to the net Patches and Vanek and Eller, and Chucky.

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  61. Danno says:

    Price has not taken the morning skate during all the playoffs so this tells us nothing.

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  62. RockinRey says:

    The CH have to win this one. They need to respond with a good effort after that debacle the other aft’.

    Where is Vanek? Patches? Pleky?

    These guys have to lead and get into dirty areas.

    I expect a big game from Eller, Gally( Again!), and Markov has to calm the d down and be the General on the PP.

    The stud in the back has to simplify his game. Distribute wisely, and if he goes dipsy doodling then save something to finish or to be able to dish off instead of just falling down. And yes I am talking about Subban. They need a big game from him!!!

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  63. scrotchland says:

    well that game-1 pasting was a eye opener. rangers are big, fast and tough. our smurfs surly cannot compete with them.
    maybe if our thoroughbread price cant go tonight the boys will tighten up the defense.
    therian showed what kind of leader he is in game-1 when vignealt outsmarted him for the entire game.
    before the series I figured NY in 5 but I have a feeling it will be 4 straight….

    go habs go.

  64. HairyHabist says:

    Habs can still do this.

  65. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    Habs will come out like a pack of beasts tonight!

  66. GGtheHab says:

    Timo comes out of hibernation as soon as we are down…how about you just enjoy the fact that MB and MT have made moves to get us in the ECF when many predicted we would not make the playoffs…enjoy the ride…save some negativity for next year.

  67. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    I bet they’re motivated now (insert sarcasm)

  68. habsfan0 says:

    With the exception of last year’s playoffs, the Habs tend to play very well in front of Budaj, his 5-0 record at TD Garden testament to that.

    I think the team will be OK regardless of who’s in nets tonight,but If Price isn’t 100%, I’d sit him for 1 game to avoid tweaking the injury.

    • Marc10 says:

      They do. But when Budaj is asked to be the guy for more than two starts, it’s an adventure. Case in point the Western road trip when Carey was out.

      Let’s just pray Carey is OK. We need him to steal a couple still…

    • Strummer says:

      Budaj has allowed 10 goals on his last 39 shots against in post-seasons over 2 playoff years.
      Doesn’t inspire confidence.

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  69. habs-fan-84 says:

    459 people want to scratch our leading goal scorer in favour of a second year player with limited playoff experience, who hasn’t played in over a month and is coming off a very underwhelming season? Wow.

  70. habs-fan-84 says:

    I can’t shake this bad feeling that Price is done for the year. I really I’m wrong!

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On ® says:

      Carey will be fine… I hope. But a Carey Price at 75% after that collision means that the Rangers now have the edge in the goaltending department. Not good.

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    • smiler2729 says:

      His knee injury is one that would cause him to miss 3 weeks in the regular season. If he plays his lateral movement would be hampered by feeling some pain every time he pushed off with his right foot.

      But it’s playoffs so ya never know.

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  71. PK says:

    Marinaro and Wilde think that Price is playing tonight.
    If true, hopefully he is relatively healthy and does not risk further injury.

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

    • Timo says:

      He isn’t it. If he were healthy he’d be on the ice for more than 5 mins yesterday. On top of that you can bet Rags are going to try and get into his kitchen more than usual. I like Budaj as much as the next guy but I have little faith in him. He is a great guy but he is not a goalie to carry the team (and this team needs to be carried) in the playoffs.

  72. HairyHabist says:

    Price will play tonight. But he’s not 100%.

  73. Timo says:

    I get the optional practice after a win (sort of) but now? Really? Nothing to work on after that loss on Sat?

    • Strummer says:

      All the Habs need to work on is showing up.
      Don’t need a rink for that.

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    • olematelot says:

      It’s a long tough haul to this point, these guys are in top shape and don’t need the conditioning. Game strategy can be done on a white board.

  74. Timo says:

    First?

    … god damn. Oh well.

  75. PK says:

    Go Habs Go!!

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  76. Prop says:

    Nice username, smacktard.

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  77. Thurston says:

    Disappointed the useless Bruins didn’t think to run over Price first?


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