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It looks like the Montreal Canadians will have a hard time trying to get passed the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs without their number one goaltender.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price suffered a lower-body injury that will keep him out of the entire series.
He suffered the injury in the first game, when the Canadiens lost by a score of 7-2. The Rangers have taken the second game as well and lead the series 2-0.
Price suffered the injury early in the first game, but continued playing hurt through two periods, after which he was pulled. Price collided with Rangers forward Chris Kreider, and Montreal’s coaching staff and team are very upset about the play. Coach Therrien said that it was a very reckless play on the part of the Rangers forward. He said that Price is the team’s best player and that the incident definitely looks reckless after looking back at the tape.
Starting the second game was backup goalie Dustin Tokarski, who have up three goals.
It will be hard to imagine Montreal coming back from this, considering not only the fact that Price is out indefinitely, but also the fact that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is currently playing at a very high level. Lundqvist stopped 40 shots in the second game and only gave up one goal, despite constant pressure from the Montreal offense.
Lundqvist said that he does not expect any retaliation from the Montreal team, stating that the injury definitely looked like an accident. He reminded that Kreider is one of the fastest players in the league and is also a big guy, so the chances of him being able to stop himself to avoid a collision with Price were very slight.
Kreider also said of himself that he believes that he is a clean player and never goes out onto the ice with the intention of hurting anyone. Kreider, however, has been doing a lot of work in front of the net during the playoffs and was even penalized for interference against the Penguins. However, he said that he would continue to play physically and drive to the net.