According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Canadiens goalie Carey Price is likely out for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals and possibly the remainder of the series. The source said that Price likely hyper-extended his right knee on the play and may have torn ligaments in the knee.
Price injured his knee when Rangers forward Chris Kreider slid into him skates first at 3:15 of the second period in the 7-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 1. He laid on the ice for a bit and then skated around to shake off the pain. After staying in the game and allowing two more goals he was replaced by Peter Budaj after the second period.
Price skated with goaltending coach Stephane Waite for about five minutes prior to an optional practice Sunday, mostly side to side in the crease and then left the ice. After practice, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien would not confirm if Price would be in the lineup for Game 2 Tuesday.
“Today was an optional practice,” Therrien said. “It was a therapy day for Carey. We’ll see if he’s able to play.”
Budaj and Dustin Tokarski served as the two goalies for practice and will do the same in Game 2 if Price is unavailable.
UPDATE 5/19 : It has been confirmed that Price will miss the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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