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Hurtin’ Habs: Price (lower body) done for series

May 9, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

Carey Price AP

When it rains, it pours.

That was the story out of Montreal on Thursday as the Canadiens announced starting goalie Carey Price would be lost for the remainder of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Ottawa due to a lower-body injury.

Price, 25, appeared to be hurt on Cory Conacher‘s game-tying tally with 23 seconds left in regulation during Game 4. He got up gingerly and appeared to be laboring while making at save at the end of regulation.

In the OT session, Price was replaced in goal by backup Peter Budaj, who proceeded to allow Kyle Turris‘ game winner less than three minutes into the extra frame.

The loss is a huge one for the Habs, as Price has been arguably the club’s most important player this year.

In late April, head coach Michel Therrien responded to Price’s slumping play by saying the former All-Star netminder needed to be Montreal’s leader and best player, if the club hoped to have any success.

Price appeared in 39 games during the regular season, posting a 21-13-4 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.59 GAA.

He was 1-2 through the first four games of the playoffs with an .894 save percentage and 3.26 GAA.

Somehow, Montreal will have to battle on without him and two other key players — captain Brian Gionta, who is done for the year with torn biceps, and Lars Eller, who was knocked out of the series in Game 1 on a huge hit from Sens defenseman Eric Gryba.

Budaj will start in place of Price for Game 5. Courtesy TSN’s Brent Wallace, here’s Budaj’s postseason resume:

  1. faulkner22 - May 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    MTL media/Habs fans will find a way to blame the refs for losing Price.

    • nhloon - May 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      Will somehow blame Boston.

  2. sabatimus - May 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a classier club.

    • elvispocomo - May 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Ironic, that, finding pleasure in a player’s injury.

      • mgp1219 - May 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        No pleasure in the player’s injury, merely pleasure in the fact that the most whinny (is that spelled correctly?) fans in the NHL (Vancouver fans a close second) are miserable and will be even more miserable when the Sens put them away. The actions of the players and coaches are bad enough, then add that petulant fan base and it increases the disdain everyone else has for this classless excuse of an organization exponentially.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        Did you hear the fans whine every time Tavares touched the puck? Those fans have to be up in the top 1.

  3. 19to77 - May 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Aaaand series over.

  4. craigonthecob - May 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Which Senator is the league going to suspend for this injury?

  5. tfaltin - May 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Price is just 25? He hasn’t even reached the prime years for a goalie.

  6. bman7206 - May 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Mounties: “Extensive investigation to follow regarding incidents leading up to Price injury. Multiple Sens will be questioned. More to follow.”

  7. mclovinhockey - May 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Was hoping to see this go to 7…. Guess its over. Oh well, hope refs can do a bit better since they played a big part in every game… First 3 games they pissed sens fans off, last game they pissed off Habs fans…. And many others like Don Cherry who pretty much said he thinks the refs gave the sens the series last game.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Well! Only because the refs set up the face off on the wrong side of Habs d zone, and then threw out Deharnais, which led to Sens winning the face off and scoring. Not sure Habs would have won otherwise. He’s right about the mistake and NHL apologized for it, but still, Habs couldn’t close the deal. Expect changes this summer in the Habs lineup.

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    games 1,3,5 & 7 are usually the most important games in a best of 7. Tonight, without Price and other notables (Eller, Gionta), and their backs against the wall the Habs will show how much character they have. That won’t guarantee a win, but they have to come out very strong physically, and mentally.

  9. greenmtnboy31 - May 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    The bottom line is Price “needed to be Montreal’s leader and best player” and he wasn’t even close. He’s shown he doesn’t have the talent needed to be a Canadiens goalie. I can only hope they make the right decision to ship him out of town and find a real goalie, one that can lead and be the best player. Carey has been given more opportunity than most and he has repeatedly squandered it.

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