Carey Price needs some more time

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - SPORTS - ALEXIS BELANGER-CHAM­PAGNE

BROSSARD, Que. — Mon­treal Cana­di­ens goal­tender Carey Price says he is stay­ing off the ice for a lit­tle while longer as he deals with a lower­body in­jury.

Price met with re­porters Tues­day be­fore Mon­treal’s game against the vis­it­ing Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets to pro­vide an up­date on his re­cov­ery.

He said he suf­fered the in­jury in a warmup be­fore Mon­treal’s Nov. 2 game at Min­nesota in which he gave up five goals on 26 shots in a 6-3 loss.

“When you’re warmed up and you’re run­ning on a bit of adrenalin, you don’t ever feel it’s as bad un­til you wake up the next day and ev­ery­thing’s cooled down and you’re not feel­ing the adrenalin any­more,” he said.

Price, 30, in­sisted the in­jury is mi­nor and that he would “ab­so­lutely” be ready to play if the Cana­di­ens were in the play­offs.

“It’s just tak­ing a lit­tle bit longer than ex­pected be­cause of the na­ture of my po­si­tion,” said the all-star goal­tender.

“I just want to make sure I’m 100 per cent and can do my job to the best of my abil­ity when I come back, so I’m just go­ing to make sure I take my time with it and it won’t be very long.”

Price said he can take the time to prop­erly heal thanks to the ex­cel­lent play of Char­lie Lindgren. The rookie goal­tender is 3-1-0 with a 1.24 goal­sagainst av­er­age and .964 save per­cent­age in re­lief of Price and in­jured backup Al Mon­toya.

“Char­lie’s play­ing great and it’s def­i­nitely buy­ing me more time,” Price added. “He’s do­ing very good. He’s got a great de­meanour about him­self and pre­pares him­self well for games. It’s good to see some­body step up and per­form in a tough spot.”

The Cana­di­ens did add some goal­tend­ing depth Tues­day, claim­ing vet­eran Antti Niemi, 34, off waivers from Florida.

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