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Prust: Kreider crashed into Price ‘accidentally on purpose’

May 18, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT

Brandon Prust Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens aren’t exactly pleased after seeing star goalie Carey Price getting bowled over and potentially hurt by New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider in Game 1.

Price didn’t take part in team practice this morning and following the optional session, Canadiens forward, and former New York Ranger, Brandon Prust gave his thoughts on Kreider’s crash into his goal and he didn’t exactly hold back as Andrew Gross from Ranger Rants shares.

“I don’t think he’s a real dirty player,” Prust said of Kreider. “But in this situation he went skates first right into his leg.”

Prust continued: “We call that accidentally on purpose.”

Prust attempted to get back at Kreider in the third period but drew a double-minor and a 10-minute misconduct that helped lead to three Rangers power play goals. Oops.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien was a bit more diplomatic saying the play was, “Obviously accidental but let’s put it this way, he didn’t do much to avoid contact.”

Considering how fast Kreider was skating it might’ve been difficult for him to avoid contact regardless.

Judge for yourself though. Here’s video of the play:

  1. billiam55 - May 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    ………let the hysteria begin.

    • youcallthathockeyblog - May 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Wait for the private investigator to be called in

      • charlie24zz - May 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        It’s ok, the boys will just run Lundqvist next game. Fair is fair, right?

      • charlie24zz - May 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        You all do not have a shred of objectivity when talking about the Habs. Here’s some clips…

        and now…

        Tell me, do you Kreider the benefit of the doubt anymore? The guy clearly loves running into goalies…too bad this time, it’s at Price’s expense. Like I said, I guess Pacioretty (or someone with equal speed) will have to run into Henrik skate-first next game. Justice is justice.

      • charlie24zz - May 19, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        Honestly, how do I get thumbed down for raising a valid point, and providing video evidence? You’re all morons

      • homieshome - May 19, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Charlie I dont care if it’s happened a billion times. When big fast Kreider burns past your defenseman taking it to the net at 25 MPH, then gets tripped or pushed from behind, it’s not his fault EVER. It happens too fast to control that stuff, otherwise he wouldnt crash into the pipes ribcage first, he could’ve been hurt too you idiot. I am sorry for Price but it’s not Kreiders fault and if you think this whole thing was a plot, then you’re a whiny little joke.

        Montreal just makes stuff up in their heads for motivation.

    • imleftcoast - May 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Accidentally on purpose: Kreider sold it. The two Montreal players are not close enough to run him in, and no one falls backwards due to a slash on the back of the leg. Bogus.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - May 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    being “tough” when coming from behind, being a whiny baby otherwise. Way to go, Prust.

  3. cavafox - May 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Looked reckless and dangerous. Can’t just drive into the goalie like that.

    • way2slic - May 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Well tell Emelin not to be completely terrible and let Kreider blow past him like that. And yes that is Emelin slashing Kreider’s back leg out from under him causing Kreider to crash into his goalie. Blame Emelin, not the guy whose leg he took out.

      • strictlythedanks - May 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        from a fan with no dogs in this fight, that is exactly what I saw as well way2slic

    • justinpecora50 - May 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      How come Emelin wasn’t called for a trip or a slash?

      • thesportsjudge - May 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        The game was IN Montreal. Nuff said.

      • sabatimus - May 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        Because it’s Emelin.

  4. ningenito78 - May 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Of course he didn’t go out of his way to avoid contact. This is hawkey after all.

  5. bdkite - May 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Yemelin was beat and dove to take out his feet, what do you think was going to happen?

  6. gmen4trophies - May 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Always liked Prust when he was with the Rangers and don’t blame him for trying to spin up some motivation here, but look at all the replays on the posted video and turn up the volume. Both defensemen went after Krieder with their sticks after he had beat them and theres some question why there wasn’t a penalty called if not a penalty shot. And for a guy that just came back from a serious wrist injury krieder could have just as easily been hurt–certainly prust knew where to slash krieder in the 3rd. I hope Price makes it back and if no one was around krieder
    chopping away then sure he ran the goalie.

  7. phillyphannnn83 - May 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    That’s the Rangers M.O. They did it to take out Steve Mason forcing Ray Emery to play 3 games and giving the Rangers the series. I guess their motto is “if you can beat ’em, make ’em play their backup.” NYR are pathetic.

    • billiam55 - May 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      masons injury wasnt from playing the NYR, it was during a regular season game against the penguins. lol just stop please.

    • President Charles Logan - May 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      lol flyers fans thinking they actually had a chance in that series is funny.. the fact that it went 7 games was only because the rags didnt turn it up loudly enough

    • justinpecora50 - May 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      What time does the Flyer game start tomorrow?

    • homieshome - May 19, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      You’re so ignorant. That’s like the opposite of the Rangers MO. Why would Kreider crash into the pipes ribcage first just to hit Price? What happened happens, i’ve seen it happen like 30 times this year, usually on break aways, well thats was Kreider does, he’s big and fast and creates himself breakaways. But everytime he’s fallen into a goalie, it was from either being pushed from behind or tripped.

  8. 16thearlofderby - May 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    gamesmanship tit for tat no death threats

    watch for Habs to crash the net

    watch different Habs team

    watch Habs lose with price not in nets

    watch Habs win with price in nets

  9. roryflyers - May 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Come onnnn Phillyphan, if you’re a joke you’re not a very good one.

  10. montrealbbr - May 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Ridiculous that you can run a goalie like that and not get suspended for it. I guess one way to slow down the best goalie in the league is to hurt him. Great strategy by those New York scumbags!

    • gmen4trophies - May 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Krieder was in on Price at least two other times during the game and didnt touch him cause your defensemen weren’t close enough to hack his legs out from under him. So next time watch the game before making a stupid comment.

    • puckluckpost - May 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Now your being silly.

    • President Charles Logan - May 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      lol @ best goalie in the league… thanks for the chuckle kid.

    • thesportsjudge - May 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Well look who FINALLY decided to show up. Best goalie in the league, lol. That is funny. 2.52 career GAA(regular season) qualifies as the best? 2.9 career GAA (playoffs) qualifies as the best? Good Lord you are delusional.

    • 7mantel - May 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Are you always this stupid or is it a special occasion ?

    • stepanup - May 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Ah you made it! Thanks for coming. Now exit the same way you entered.

    • homieshome - May 19, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Im sorry that you’re just learning now that hockey players get hurt, even the talented ones.
      It was unintentional. Open your eyes and stop seeing what you want to see, see it for what it is. it’s funny how you Montreal fans always look for something to complain about after you lose.

    • bmy0913 - May 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      You’re kidding right? Because the last ditch effort slashing at his leg from behind had nothing to do with him losing his edge? Come on man. You’ve got to be able to acknowledge that homie was back on his heels and got smoked in the slot. And if you really want to go the suspension route, what about the four baseball swings at his legs and SURGICALLY REPAIRED hand that Prust took? AND the deliberate spear immediately after that. You know something, it’s that ignorance that makes me hope they bring Carcillo back in tonight if Brassard can’t go. And with that, I hope he scrums after every whistle to see who’s got the sack to step up. Your boys were flat man, and now they’re making waves because they got their asses handed to them. Plain and simple. This gamesmanship is ridiculous…and you can believe that if anybody comes in on Lundqvist deliberate, they won’t get away with it. You can rely on your finesse and speed all you want on the rush, but you’re Habs aren’t nearly as gritty as these Rangers. I have a feeling it will get ugly tonight, lots of Penalty minutes. Look for the Habs to get wreckless and let their emotions take over, and when they do they will be punished for it on the scoreboard and the jaw.

      • theblatche - May 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Bmy your comment was a beautiful read. Thankyou :)

      • manhattanraised - May 19, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        beautiful indeed lol. so fkn true though. the ignorance

  11. drewsylvania - May 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    @montrealbbr has got to be a troll/parody account.

  12. dropthepuckeh - May 18, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Montreal will always find something to whine about. Even stand up guys seem to lose themselves once they play for the Habs, must be something in the water.

    • puckluckpost - May 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Typical Montreal…

    • theskinsman - May 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      The constant diving for penalty calls has caused brain damage.

  13. tpintong - May 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    If you can’t see both Montreal defensemen using their sticks to trip up krieder cause they got BURNED, then you’re either blind, or Canadian. I’m sure in the half second that Kreider had to think before he got tripped, that he thought “oh sure, let me go in skates first on purpose” morons,,,,

  14. puckluckpost - May 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    At what point was he supposed to make a decision to not crash into Price?

    • homieshome - May 19, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Exactly, it happened way too fast. The heck with Prust. Kreider is a great player whose big, fast and creates breakaways and when he does, the opponent gets burnt so they either push or trip him. Obviously when Kreider is going to the net, he FALLS into the net. He’s a great kid who respect the game. i’m sure he had this planned all along LOL. I hate Montreal already.

  15. bleedrangerblue - May 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Habs crying already. Prust is irrelevant. Seriously. Irrelevant.

  16. bleedrangerblue - May 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    He’s a Hab. Delusional is putting it mildly.

  17. habs9 - May 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    who cares, im not that worried, Budaj has proven (when he didnt have a month off before being thrown in the middle of a playoff game in the semis) to play quite well vs the Rangers and also has a win vs the Bs this season, its really not the end of the world but ppl who dont watch the Habs and listen to what the ‘experts’ of the media have to say….also Tokarkis has 2 games played with 2 wins a .946 and a GAA of 1.84 (small sample i know) one of those wins was also agains the Ducks….not that worried

    the only thing that really worries me as a Habs fan about THIS version of the Rangers, is that Marty St-Louis has always been a Habs killer, and im afraid Nash may have woken up

    and its important to note that if you do watch the Habs they pretty much shut teams down almost every time when they dont Have Price back there

  18. jcmeyer10 - May 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I could not be a bigger Rangers fan right now. The Bruins did not deserve to win that series but it sure looks like the Rangers do.

  19. rpiotr01 - May 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Krieder goes hard to the net, probably the only Ranger who does consistently. If the Habs don’t like it then they won’t like playing in the Stanley Cup finals, because that’s how Chicago and LA play up and down the roster.

    This is really the least of Montreal’s concerns. They need to get over than Boston series and summon some of their own emotion because NYR won’t give it to them. Then they need to start skating like a professional team because that last performance was just poor.

  20. banger60 - May 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Quit crying Prust, you dont have the cleanest track record, still one of my favorite player’s.!

  21. manhattanraised - May 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Lack of defensive depth hurts – literally. Those pylon d-men on MTL are the same reason this series will be lucky to see a 6th game

  22. dschrode2013 - May 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I need to clarify something for my own edification. For the last 2 weeks, haven’t we been reading about Montreal and its fans whining about how Boston and its fans were whiny?

  23. 7mantel - May 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Gallagher ran Lundqvist earlier in the first with no call and then he took a shot on goal after 5 sec on a offsides so stop the crying !

    • bmy0913 - May 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Good point. And let’s not forget the fact that their first fluke goal only happened because the forecheck was up on a guy who was on the ice illegally in the first place. It’s tit for tat. Just like that disallowed goal in the Chicago game yesterday (which was a solid call in my opinion). You’ve gotta take it and move on. But in this game, there isn’t any amount of whining that justifies a 7-2 spanking like that. Rangers dominated on every part of the ice, overwhelmed them. Call it what it is, but price gave up the game winner even before the collision. Montreal will come out hard and pissed tonight, Rangers will be ready.

  24. domdogsbk85 - May 18, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    lets go rangers

  25. mrd5c - May 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Besides the two defenseman slashing at his ankles, you can clearly see him try to stop and kick up a plume of snow. The responsibility for the collision falls squarely on the shoulders of the two defenseman who first got beat, and then hacked away. I hope Price is OK, but let’s not call this what it’s not – this was not a run at the goalie. And don’t F with the King to retaliate. This will get ugly if you do. I loved Prust as a Ranger, but he didn’t help his team by taking all those penalties in the third, and accomplished nothing. Keep your mouth closed Prust!

  26. razorbyrd - May 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    it’s pretty simple really, you don’t slide skates-first into another player…

    here endeth the lesson

    • homieshome - May 19, 2014 at 3:21 AM

      @Razorbyrd, Not unless you can’t help it, moron.

    • bmy0913 - May 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Give it a minute to sink in, brother. The lesson doth not endeth here…but your season is getting close to it.

  27. mrd5c - May 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    He wouldn’t have slid skates first if he wasn’t slashed from behind. I guess head first is better. Habs d-men caused it. Quit playing the blame game and move on.

  28. mrd5c - May 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Here starteth your lesson: Watch the video without your rose-colored Habs glasses on.

  29. stakex - May 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Of course it wasn’t on purpose, or “accidently on purpose”…. he was obviously tripped. Video doesn’t lie no matter how much you whine about it.

    • johnstone17 - May 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      As a Rangers fan, I loved Prust. But let’s be honest Habs fans, is that contract really worth it?

      • arrow43050 - May 18, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        Prust’s contract is was for roughly the same money and duration as Ryan McDonagh’s. Ahhhhhhhhh…the Scott Gomez trade: the gift that keeps on giving! :-)

  30. homieshome - May 19, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    Get used to it people.. It’s going to become impossible to beat Montreal without them coming up with something to whine about & blame.

  31. deadrabbit79 - May 19, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Enough with the crybaby BS! Perhaps he would not have crashed into Price had Price’s teammate did not slash Krieder’s ankles? Hmmmmmm

  32. deadrabbit79 - May 19, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    And if the Habs needed this incident to “unite” them or “motivate” them then they have other issues.

  33. doknyc - May 19, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    face it habs, you got owned… no amount of nitpicking will erase you got simply crushed the whole game…looking forward to tonites game and hopefully going back to the garden up 2 – 0.

  34. djshnooks - May 19, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Hopefully Lundqvist gets hurt so it’s even.

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