Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens met with the press on Saturday to discuss how it felt to watch his team lose the Eastern Conference Finals while being sidelined with a knee injury.
History has repeated itself, as last year Price was also scratched in the final game the Canadiens played with the same type of knee injury.
Despite being injured and not being able to play in those final games, Price has had an amazing year on the ice. Price won a gold medal with Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics as well as becoming one of the top goalies in the NHL.
“This team played so well in front of me all season,” Price said. “I was really fortunate to be selected and be able to represent my country and I had an awesome time. It was a great opportunity to do that. And the guys in this locker room during this playoff run, it was really fun to play with these guys. This is the tightest group we’ve ever had. It’s sad to have it come to an end right now, but we have to look forward to next year.”
The Canadiens finished strong but unfortunately lost in Game 6 to the New York Rangers. Making it so close is such a bitter-sweet moment. Price missed all but the first game of the series, being injured in the first period of the game. The hit by Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been seen as somewhat controversial. Despite knowing that Kreider didn’t mean to hurt him intentionally, Price reiterated that there was no apparent effort made to avoid contact.
“I don’t think he did it intentionally, I don’t think he tried to miss me either,” Price said. “He was coming in with a lot of speed and he lost his footing. There’s not much really to be said.”
Price is optimistic that everything will be healed soon and that the Candiens will continue the amazing work that was started here in the 2013-14 season.