The Price is Wrong in Montreal: Hurting Habs without Goalie
The Montreal Habs are adopting the saying “When it rains, it pours” and rightfully so for this hockey team and city. Things went from bad to worse in their series against the Ottawa Senators.
Thursday was indeed a day that Carey Price and Habs Fans didn’t want that pouring rain to come down but alas it’s the story of Montreal’s season as it was announced that starting goalie Carey Price would be lost for the remainder of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series against Ottawa with what we are being told is a lower-body injury.
Price, 25 years old, appeared to be injured after Cory Conacher tied the game for the Senators with just 23 seconds left in regulation during Game 4. He then got up very gingerly and seemed to be laboring in pain while making a save at the end of regulation.
During OT, Price was replaced by back-up Peter Budaj, who proceeded to allow Kyle Turris’ game winner in the net less than three minutes into the OT period. Sending all Habs fans yet again heart-broken and awaiting the fate of their goalie.
In late April, head coach Michel Therrien responded to Price’s slumping play by saying the former All-Star netminder needed to be Montreal’s leader and best player, if the club hoped to have any success. Price since that has arguably been the Habs best player in the year and this is a huge loss to the club.
Price appeared in 39 games during the regular season, posting a 21-13-4 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.59 GAA. He was 1-2 through the first four games of the playoffs with a .894 save percentage and 3.26 GAA.
Somehow, Montreal will have to battle on without him and two other key players — captain Brian Gionta, who is done for the year with torn biceps, and Lars Eller, who was knocked out of the series in Game 1 on a huge hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.
Budaj will start in place of Price for Game 5. Courtesy TSN’s Brent Wallace, here’s Budaj’s postseason resume: Peter Budaj career playoff numbers: 5 gms – (0-1-0) .887 GAA 4.03 SV%. And has never started a playoff game in his career but now will have to try and keep the Habs playoff hopes afloat.