The Canadian | Carey Price will miss at least two games

Carey Price will not be in uniform this Sunday night against the Boston Bruins and will not travel with the team to Wednesday’s game in New York. “Maybe” he will contest the last duel of the season at home on Friday.

Updated yesterday at 5:27pm.

Simon Olivier Lorange

Simon Olivier Lorange
The press

To replace him, the Canadiens urgently recalled goaltender Cayden Primeau.

Price has missed most of the season after undergoing a long and painful rehabilitation necessitated by knee surgery. He returned to action on Friday April 15 and has since secured four launches in eight days. He has conceded six goals in each of his last two games, Thursday and Saturday.


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Goalkeeper Cayden Primeau

Head coach Martin St-Louis said the team wanted to give him “rest”. “He played a lot of games for a guy who hasn’t played all season,” he added.

When asked if Price had seen a regression in his knee’s condition, St. Louis said he needed to “speak to the medical staff” to learn more. “We hope he will be ready on Friday. »

Started again to know if he was worried about his goalkeeper’s condition, he replied succinctly: “Not really. It’s about giving him rest. »

Carey Price had knee surgery last July. The original schedule for his rehabilitation included a possible return as early as the start of the season in October. However, he was placed in the NHL Player Assistance Program for substance abuse and then suffered two setbacks in healing his knee.

In his absence, Samuel Montembeault meets the Bruins on Sunday night. Forward Laurent Dauphin and defender William Lagesson will be included in the squad, while Ryan Poehling and Chris Wideman will be left out.

tribute

Important as this news is for the Canadian and for the future of his franchise player, it will not overshadow the organization’s prepared tribute to Guy Lafleur, who died on Friday at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer.

The matchup against the Bruins comes at just the right time given the great rivalry that has existed between the two clubs for literally a century.

Specifically, we’ll be participating in a lengthy pre-game ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:50 p.m. GMT and broadcast across North America.

Martin St-Louis, for whom Lafleur was the great idol of the youth, estimated that it would be a “very important evening for the organisation”. He believes his players played with emotion on Saturday despite losing to Ottawa and he expects “even more tonight”.

“Young players like the older ones, they will remember this game,” he added. You play many games in your career, but some stick in your memory. I think it will be one of those games. »

He believes the tributes paid to Lafleur over the past two days, and especially on Sunday night, will make his players “understand what Guy meant to Canadians and the hockey world.”

“I hope they make Guy and the province proud,” he concluded.

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