Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price did not attend practice Sunday, creating rumors that he may scratched for Game 2. Monday is the next faceoff between the Canadiens and the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Sunday’s practice was optional, however Price seemed quite shaken up after a collision in the second period with Rangers’ Chris Kreider. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien would not say whether Price will play on Monday.
“We’ll see tomorrow. I can’t tell you that right now,” he said, via NHL.com.
The controversy over the Kreider hitting Price has created quite a stir. Therrien wouldn’t say much, simply stating, “Let’s put it this way, he didn’t put much effort to avoid the contact.”
Fellow teammate Brandon Prust made his feelings known saying, “Whether it’s on purpose or accidental, he ran him pretty hard. Everybody thinks it was accidental, but we call it accidentally on purpose. He did nothing to really avoid him. We’re in the NHL. We know how to fall, how to not put our skates first when we fall. He did the same thing against Fleury in the last series,” Prust said. “I mean he’s not doing anything to avoid him. It’s not totally intentional, but he doesn’t do anything to lighten it up a bit.”
Kreider’s account of the hit is much different, telling the press that “I had my head down trying to settle the puck. I put it wide and somehow lost my footing. I thought maybe someone pressured me from behind.
Price was pulled from the game during the embarrassing 7-2 loss, though it was most likely due to performance rather than injury. However the hit could have thrown Price, affecting his performance. One can only speculate and wait to see if he’s in net come Monday.