Cana­di­ens goalie out for at least one week

Price suf­fers lower-body in­jury

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Mon­treal Cana­di­ens goal­tender Carey Price will miss at least a week due to a nag­ging lower-body in­jury.

Price played the first 40 min­utes in a 5-1 vic­tory over the New York Rangers on Wed­nes­day night but did not re­turn for the third pe­riod.

Head coach Michel Ther­rien said Thurs­day that Price has been put on the in­jured list.

Wed­nes­day night, the coach said the lower-body in­jury was the same one that kept Price out for nine games ear­lier this sea­son.

“The med­i­cal staff was really com­fort­able and Carey was really com­fort­able to come back,” Ther­rien said. “If we had any doubt, for sure, we would not take that risk. That’s all we can say about it. He tweaked it again tonight. That’s why we don’t want to take any chance. It’s still early in the sea­son, so it’s im­por­tant for us when he plays, he’s got to make sure he is healthy.”

Price won the Ted Lind­say, Jen­nings, Vez­ina and Hart tro­phies last sea­son. He was the first goal­tender in NHL history to win all four awards in the same cam­paign.

He has a 10-2-0 record this sea­son with two shutouts and a goals-against av­er­age of 2.06.

Price gave up one goal on 23 shots against the Rangers.

The Cana­di­ens will rely on Mike Con­don to min­i­mize the im­pact of Price’s ab­sence. The rookie has a 7-2-2 mark and a GAA of 2.16.

Mon­treal (17-4-2) vis­its New Jer­sey on Fri­day night.

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