Updates from Thursday, May 29
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports provided an update on Carey Price's status from Thursday's practice:
#canadiens Carey Price is now on the ice. Won't play tonight.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) May 29, 2014
Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet provided some context to Price's activity:
This is the fourth straight day Carey Price has been on the ice -- the last three in full equipment.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 29, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post provides an image of Carey Price on the ice this morning:
Carey Price, in full gear, an hour before the team is scheduled to be on the ice. pic.twitter.com/dbxvvsI8q8— SeanFitz_Gerald (@SeanFitz_Gerald) May 27, 2014
Fitz-Gerald continued with additional details:
On Tuesday, hours before the Canadiens were to face the New York Rangers in Game 5 of their series, down 3-1, Price was working under the watchful eye of goaltending coach Stephane Waite and an unidentified member of the team’s staff.
He left the ice shortly after 10 a.m., having spent most of his time working on side-to-side movement in the crease. He fielded a few light shots from the slot, but seemed to be testing an injury somewhere in his lower body.
Updates from Monday, May 26
Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports Carey Price participated in an activity this morning:
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN talked to coach Michel Therrien about Price's rehab:
Therrien says Price skating on his own simply part of the rehab. Remains out for the series.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) May 26, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
Michel Therrien spoke more about Carey Price's injured knee today (via the Canadiens on Twitter):
"It goes without saying that Carey is disappointed. He wanted to be there for his teammates. But, there's nothing we can do." - M. Therrien— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 21, 2014
Therrien also confirmed that Dustin Tokarski will start Game 3 vs. New York (via Arpon Basu of LNH.com):
Michel Therrien confirms Dustin Tokarski will start Gm 3 for #Habs— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 21, 2014
Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien delivered some bad news on Monday regarding star goalie Carey Price, who will miss the rest of the Eastern Conference Final series against the New York Rangers with a right knee injury.
The Habs' official Twitter account reported what Therrien had to say about Price:
"Carey Price will not be available tonight, nor for the rest of that series"-Michel Therrien— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 19, 2014
"We've lost our best player, but we've faced adversity this year already" -Michel Therrien— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) May 19, 2014
TSN radio host Ian Mendes provided his take on the unfortunate situation:
Just an awful shame that Carey Price is out for the series. I hope this raises issue of protecting goalies in the future -- like NFL QBs.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) May 19, 2014
Jeff Domet of Hockey Night in Canada Radio passed along a report from Kevin Weekes on who will replace Price in the lineup:
Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who had a goal and an assist in his team's 7-2 Game 1 victory, barreled into Price in the second period of the opening game.
Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post recorded further comments from Therrien regarding Kreider's ambush:
Looking at the incident, it’s a reckless play. That’s the truth. Kreider, this is not the first time he is going at goalies. We end up losing our best player, but our group, we’ve faced a lot adversity through the course of the season, and we’ll respond and get the attitude to respond really well. And this is what I’m expecting, starting tonight.
Kreider responded to those allegations (via Steve Zipay of Newsday):
More Kreider: "I don't go out with the intent to hurt anyone, ever."— Steve Zipay (@stevezipay) May 19, 2014
Before exiting Game 1, Price yielded four goals on 20 shots. The collision with Kreider happened within the first four minutes of the second period, but Price remained in and allowed two additional goals, per The Canadian Press, via CBC.ca.
TSN's Conor McKenna analyzed the development when it occurred:
Chris Kreider went into Carey Price's knee skate-first at 36.4 KM/H. It was surprising that he stayed in the game at all. #habson690— Conor McKenna (@mckennaconor) May 17, 2014
Price's backup, Peter Budaj, didn't fare much better after entering the game in the third period, conceding three goals on eight shots. That leaves Montreal with little hope to draw on, as it is at a significant matchup disadvantage with New York star Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes for the Blueshirts.
The best the Canadiens can hope for is that their home crowd helps them overcome the devastating loss of Price at the Bell Centre on Monday evening as they try to even up the series.
If Montreal does come back and topple the Rangers, it is currently unclear whether Price would be available for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.