Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price began skating today after being injured in Game 1 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals. Although a light twenty minute skate before the start of an optional practice on Monday morning, getting back to the ice is a vital first step in his rehab process. He appeared on the ice without any of his goaltending equipment.
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Price, a Canadian gold medalist in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is recovering from a right knee injury. Unsure what the exact injury entails, Price is not expected back until the start of the Stanley Cup finals. That is if the Canadiens manage to beat the New York Rangers in a currently heated battle for the Eastern Division. The Canadiens trail behind the Rangers 3-1 in the series.
Carey has been upset about the untimely occurrence of the injury. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said previously, “it goes without saying that Carey is disappointed. He wanted to be there for his teammates. But, there’s nothing we can do.”
The injury occurred when Rangers forward Chris Kreider collided into Price. Price remained in the game, playing two full periods before he was pulled. Despite Therrien stating that removing Price from the game was play related rather than injury related, Price hasn’t seen ice time since. Therrien called the collision a reckless play and has been vocal about his anger over the situation.
The Canadiens face the New York Rangers in an elimination game on Tuesday night.