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Therrien pulled Price ‘more to protect him than anything’

May 17, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

Carey Price AP

Carey Price‘s departure after two periods in the Montreal Canadiens’ 7-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final was enough to put a scare into Habs fans all over.

Early in the second period, Price was run into by Rangers forward Chris Kreider after he was tripped up on a break towards the net. Price got up wobbly but finished the period but allowed four goals overall, two of them coming late in the second.

Following the game, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien explained what he thought of the collision and why he pulled Price.

“I think it was accidental, honestly,” Therrien said. “The fact that he didn’t play in the third period, that was more to protect him than anything, because we were not sharp in front of him.”

While that explains why he took him out, whether or not Price is injured is still unknown. The team wasn’t playing well in front of Price or Peter Budaj who replaced him, but the Habs played a mostly strong second period aside from the late goals.

Seeing a goalie yanked in a 4-1 game doesn’t generally happen, at least not in these playoffs loaded with comebacks, but after the collision with Kreider it’s probably for the best to let him take a seat. This just makes tomorrow’s practice a must-see situation as to whether or not Price hits the ice.

Here’s video of the collision if you missed it:

  1. billiam55 - May 17, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    wasnt last years eastern conference final game 1 a blowout as well?

  2. penvik - May 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    At least last years ECF, had the 2 best teams in the easy. What’s this year the 4th and 5th best?? If that. Horrible, just horrible!

    • trueblue69 - May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Your team lost. Stop crying and get over it already!!!!!!

    • billiam55 - May 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      oh stfu already

    • henrik4dawin - May 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      And two years ago the 16th best team in the league won the cup– isn’t that just awful? NO NO IT ISN’T if you beat the required teams in able to play for the cup then you are the best teams. I’m not just saying that as a rangers fan. That’s why the Presidents Trophy is the best team in the regular season, and the Stanley Cup is the best team in the league

      • jason9696 - May 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        The Kings were the 8th seed in the Western Conference a few years ago when they won the Cup. But they weren’t your typical 8th seed.

    • bwayblueshirt - May 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      When you get a real goalie and a real captain, then maybe you come back.

    • 16thearlofderby - May 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      penvik, this just in…… Breaking news!

      NHL 82 game season and playoffs = 2 seasons

      Best teams in reg season not always best team in playoffs

      Difficult concept to grasp no doubt right

      Try to

      Best team in reg season wins president trophy

      Best team in playoffs wins SC

      Does this make sense to you

  3. bigbadbruins77 - May 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    What time is it?

    • jimeejohnson - May 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Time for Burins fans to change their soiled rubber underwear.

  4. dubblelznhell - May 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    So what? They deserve to be in the ECF. They won to get here and that’s what the playoffs are about. It’s not how well you did in the regular season. If you make it in the playoffs, it’s about how well you do in the playoffs. That’s all that matters

  5. stepanup - May 17, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    It’s a very bad sign either way.

    One one hand, he could be injured. It doesn’t sound like this is the case (thankfully…I have no interest in beating a Habs team less than full strength)

    On the other hand, Therrien knew the Habs weren’t going to come out in the third and even give the Rangers a run for their money, in game 1 of the ECF, at home…Clearly he was right as the Habs were embarrassing in the third. Reminded me of their mental collapse against Ottawa.

  6. bdkite - May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    The way Prust went after Kreider and post game comments, makes me think that Price is injured

  7. bdkite - May 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    The way Prust went after Kreider and post game comments, makes me think that Price is injured

    • bwayblueshirt - May 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      The Kreider goal as well. He couldn’t extend his right pad at all. Obviously it’s not serious, but it might be all the difference in the world if he can’t heal up tomorrow.

  8. jason9696 - May 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    I think he has to be injured. I don’t think there’s anyway that Therrien would pull him being down only 4-1 after two periods. It’s a totally different game if the Canadiens scored a early 3rd period goal. The fans would have gone crazy and who knows what would have happened from there.

  9. ryanw822 - May 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Habs are going to be in trouble real soon if the post and crossbar doesnt show up for Price in game 2.

  10. nybadger - May 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Penvik, stop your whining! You’re annoying!

  11. papajack1259 - May 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Price is highly over rated but still can not count the Canadians down & out they can put the puck in the net lets see how sir Henrik holds up

    • puckluckpost - May 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Kreider is a Boston boy you know…

      • jimeejohnson - May 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Chowdah head.

  12. mrd5c - May 18, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Penvik – you’re an idiot. Please shut up and go golf with your team that got beat. Loser! I agree with the comment above. Down 4-1 isn’t done. An early goal in the 3rd, and the face of the game changes dramatically. Prust going after Kreider does speak to the fact that Price might be hurt. Either way, the Rangers came ready to play. Let’s see if they can keep it up and the Habs can respond.

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