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Now - I was hoping you could comment on the Chris Kreider net crash on Carey Price in Game 1.
Initially, everyone (including Michel Therrien and Brandon Prust) labeled it as a hockey play with an unfortunate outcome. Days later, they began laying blame once Price's availability was lost.
Now I'm NOT asking whether the refs erred on the call. I'm simply interested on your call or take on the incident.
If you were still working in the NHL, how would you have called it?
C'Mon Ref! (corny, but couldn't resist - LOL).
Injuries are an unfortunate byproduct of the job and a risk that every player willingly assumes. When an injury is sustained, it's not only very disappointing for the player to deal with but when it involves a key player such as Carey Price, the loss can also devastating to the fortunes of a team.
You don't replace a player like Price and his absence will surely test the mettle of his Montreal teammates left standing with their best player out of the lineup. The Hab continent has a huge obstacle to overcome in finding a way to beat this hungry and confident NY Rangers team tonight in Madison Square Garden. For that to happen, PK Subban and company will first have to penetrate a wall in the form of Hendrik Lundqvist a mere 178 feet from their goal crease guarded by little know Dustin Tokarski. With the man they the 'King' poised between the pipes the Rangers net probably looks more like 178 miles away.
Michel Terrien and Brandon Prust's initial assessment of the play was correct in that it was a hockey play. There was no deliberation on the part of Chris Kreider to initiate contact with Price as the Rangers speedster went hard to the net to make a play and then lost his balance following a chop to his right ankle by Alexei Emelin.
In the post-game press conference Coach Therrien said he thought the play was "accidental, honestly," and Kreider said he "just had too much momentum and couldn't really avoid him. It didn't feel too good for me either."
Terek, I would have ruled the play on the ice no differently than I did from my couch and deemed the contact by Chris Kreider on Carey Price as completely accidental. It would appear that I could count on agreement of this decision from referee Steve Kozari, Michel Terrien, Brandon Prust and Chris Kreider at the very least.
It was a very unfortunate accident and injury sustained by Carey Price. Price's Montreal Canadien teammates will have dig deep tonight and stick with a game plan of speed and high tempo energy from the opening puck drop to take the Garden crowd out of the game and shift the momentum in their favor. Dustin Tokarski will have to give them a chance to win. It is then up to the Habs skaters grit, guts, determination and skill to find a way to penetrate King Hendrik's Court 178 feet away.