The Montreal Canadiens will be without their star goalie for the rest of the NHL Eastern Conference final.
Coach Michel Therrien announced Monday morning Carey Price would not return to the ice as the Habs battle the Rangers for a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 2 of the best of seven series is set for Monday night, with New York up by a game after trouncing Montreal 7-2 in the series opener on Saturday.
Price went down hard after being plowed into, skates-first in that game and appeared to injure his right knee.
Therrien said he was "really disappointed" to lose Price for the series "He's our best player". The coach didn't say if Peter Budaj or third-stringer Dustin Tokarski would start Game 2 at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens were down 2-0 early in the second period of Game 1 when Ranger Chris Kreider went in on a breakaway, missed the net with his shot, lost his footing and crashed into Price at high speed. The goaltender laid on the ice for a long moment, but got up and resumed playing.
He didn't look right, however, as the Rangers scored twice in the final 1:01 of the middle frame. He spent the third period at the end
of the bench.
"Looking at the incident, it's a reckless play," Therrien said Monday. " 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."