The Eastern Conference Final between the Canadiens of Montreal and the Rangers of New York has already proved to be a solid matchup. Both teams have been on their A-Game and are proving to the fans and each other that they deserve to be the Eastern Conference Champs.
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New York played a solid Game 1 on Saturday night, defeating Montreal by a score of 7-2; the Canadiens will be looking for a redemption game on Monday night as they face-off for Game 2 in Montreal. However, there is one factor that could possibly hinder Montreal's chance of winning Game 2 or even moving onto the Stanley Cup Finals. This factor is Montreal goaltender, Carey Price. Price is arguably one of the best goaltender's out there. He lead team Canada to their second Olympic gold medal this past winter in Sochi; he also proved to be a solid backstop in net for the Montreal organization. Unfortunately, Price sustained an injury Saturday night after Rangers forward, Chris Kreider collied with Price on a break away. The collision occurred in the second period, Price finished out the period but did not return for the third; backup goaltender, Peter Budaj took his spot.
Price was having a rough night as it was, facing 20 shots and saving 16. Definitely not what Montreal fans wanted to see especially after he had two fantastic rounds against the Lightning and the Bruins earlier in the post season. Budaj didn't play much better, he faced 8 shots and only saved 5.
Now Game 2 is in the midst and the Canadiens are still uncertain if Price is fit to play. If he is unable to start between the pipes this could come as a huge blow to the Canadiens, and could even possibly put them in a 2-0 hole in the series. It will be interesting to see what the Montreal coaching staff does on Monday night to avoid this possible 2-0 hole.