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Fallout continues: Price aggravates Olympic injury, will miss next two games (Updated)

Feb 26, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

Another day, another NHL player sidelined with an injury suffered in Sochi.

On Wednesday, Montreal announced that Carey Price will miss the next two games with a lower-body injury he re-aggravated during the Olympics.

Price took Wednesday’s morning skate — Montreal hosts Detroit tonight — and left after making a stop in a drill, favoring his leg. He didn’t return to the ice and, shortly after the skate, the Habs recalled Dustin Tokarski from their AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

If you’re wondering why Price was practicing with a preexisting injury, you’re not alone:

Price, 26, is coming off a stellar Olympics in which he backstopped Canada to gold and was named the top goaltender of the tournament after going 5-0-0 with a 0.59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and two shutouts.

As mentioned above, the list of players hurt in Sochi seems to be growing by the day:

– Islanders captain John Tavares tore his MCL playing for Canada, and will miss the remainder of the season.

– Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg re-injured his back in Sweden’s tournament opener, underwent surgery and will be out eight weeks.

– Rangers leading scorer Mats Zuccarello broke his hand in the Norway’s final group game, and will be out 3-4 weeks.

– Penguins defenseman Paul Martin broke his hand prior to the U.S.’s semifinal loss to Canada, and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

– Florida rookie Aleksander Barkov hurt his knee playing for Finland, and will be out indefinitely.

– Florida forward Tomas Kopecky suffered a concussion playing for Slovakia, and is also out indefinitely.

– Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin suffered an ankle sprain playing for Russia, and is out 2-3 weeks.

Montreal head coach Michel Therrien said Price is day-to-day, but won’t travel with the club to Pittsburgh for Thursday’s game against the Penguins.

Update: Interesting here, from CBC…

 

  1. stcrowe - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    He didn’t look injured during the games. He must have pulled a muscle leaning forward to receive his gold medal.

    • c9castine - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      would have been the first big movement he made all tourney playing behind that D

      (sarcasm, relax)

      • elrock7 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Sarcasm? Its true, any goalie could have played goal for Canada (NHL goalie) and the result would have been the same.

      • c9castine - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        i don’t know about any. but his numbers make him look pretty good. he performed the task he was handed – save 20 shots and make a few big ones here and there. can’t blame him for that.

      • bsaures - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        Your acting as if canada blew out the teams it faced. There was little margin for error in that tournament and Luongo or Smith based on their performances this year woulld not have gotten it done.

      • c9castine - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        you missed the part where i said i was being sarcastic huh.

        those were the words in parenthesis buddy.

      • bsaures - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        i was talking about elrocks comment

      • c9castine - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        sorry it doesnt differentiate when i look at my archive.

  2. sgs32 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I don’t see the big deal..players get injured playing the game..hardly matters where it happens.
    If guys like Garth Snow don’t like it they can probably do something to stop their players from playing at international tournaments.

  3. penguins87and71 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Interesting Budaj VS Fleury tomorrow….

    • c9castine - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      its really not that interesting. its not like there was animosity, they were basically laughing about attempting to fight each other.

      or should i say, fleury was laughing about how he almost died.

  4. alliceishome - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Right, ‘olympic’ injury

  5. joey4id - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Babcock kicked Price in the shine during the party to celebrate the gold medal. He wanted to make sure Price wouldn’t play against the Wings tonight. BTW, I would like to be a fly on the wall during Babcock’s pre-game speech.

    Babcock: Jonathan (Ericsson) make sure you dump the puck deep in the offensive zone when you get to the blue line. No fancy stick handling like you did against Canada which led to the Crosby goal. Oh! And! Thanks! BTW. ;-)

    Ericsson: Is the chek in the mail yet?

  6. kingcobraman - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    he hurt it giving the suck it gesture to the Americans….

  7. malinpaul - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Clearly the players want to play. Clearly the hardcore hockey fans love it. But the owners should respect that the Olympics are great marketing and marketing isn’t cheap. But growing the game means growing their business.

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