The last of the eight first-round series gets underway tonight when the B’s host the Red Wings at TD Garden, so Brough and I started there in the latest edition of PHT Extra. We also touched on what to expect in Game 2 of the Lightning-Habs series, and what Dallas needs to do after dropping Game 1 of its series against Anaheim.
The 28-year-old has been out with a lower-body injury since Nov. 25.
His return date has been pushed back several times, and La Presse suggests that’ll happen again.
Originally, the Canadiens said Price would be out six weeks. Then, on January 21, General Manager Marc Bergevin said he expected his goalie to be out another three to four weeks, which means that he would be coming back sometime next week.
Price has been skating for a while, but he’s been doing so without his goalie equipment.
Basically, don’t hold your breath.
Here’s an excerpt from the story (quotes have been translated):
The possibility of Carey Price returning this season are so slim that people in the organization don’t even believe it’ll happen.
According to information obtained by La Presse, the Canadiens aren’t optimistic about their star goaltender’s chances of returning this season. He’s been out since November and the club refuses to confirm the fact that he suffered a right knee injury.
The report goes on to say that Price is dealing with a Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) injury. The only good news is that he won’t have to undergo surgery.
“People in the Canadiens organization don’t believe he’ll be back during the regular season,” a source told La Presse’s Richard Labbé. “They’re wondering if it’s even worth pushing him to come back, but they don’t want to admit anything publicly.
“They don’t want the fans to give up hope this season. There’s a marketing aspect to all of this.”
The story also mentions that Price is telling people that he’ll be healthy enough to represent Canada at the World Cup of Hockey next September.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
–Snoop Dog wore a Mitch Marner London Knights jersey at his concert in London. (Bardown)
–Here’s Pierre LeBrun’s latest edition of Team Canada’s World Cup roster. (ESPN)
–The NHL completely ruined the Toronto Maple Leafs’ centennial season. (Puck Daddy)
–The Chicago Blackhawks will be going to the White House on Feb. 18. (Blackhawks.nhl.com)
If you turned off Thursday’s Calgary Flames – San Jose Sharks game early, you’ll probably be stunned to see that Calgary won 6-5 via a shootout.
- A Sharks fan may have bitterly called it a night when Calgary went up 4-1.
- Conversely, a Flames devotee might have retired after San Jose took a 5-4 lead, possibly with a broken remote.
The Flames only trailed for about two minutes before scoring the last “real” goal of the game, eventually taking their third straight win thanks to a shootout triumph.
It’s been a strange ride for Calgary, with its most recent win happening after Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma were punished with a healthy scratch. As strange as this game was, the “charity point” can leave both teams looking through a lot of film, yet with something gained as well.
Ultimately, the message may very well be: don’t sleep on these teams.
(In less positive news, Karri Ramo is injured, and it doesn’t look good.
Jonas Hiller closing out the game on a hot streak could be pretty important if Ramo’s out for some time.)
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alex Ovechkin scored three times in the second period for his 14th career hat trick, and the Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Thursday night.
Ovechkin, who leads the league with 34 goals, has 13 in his past 13 games. Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and Jason Chimera added an empty-netter for Washington, which improved to a league-best 20-5-2 on the road.
Braden Holtby made 33 saves for the Capitals, who won their fifth consecutive game and became the first team to reach 40 victories this season.
Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund scored for the Wild, but Minnesota lost for the 12th time in its past 13 games (1-10-2). Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for the Wild, who have lost seven in a row at home (0-4-3).
Ovechkin’s third goal, which deflected off both the post and the back of Dubnyk into the net, was upheld following a coach’s challenge. Wild coach Mike Yeo challenged that the puck had left the zone for offsides, but the call stood after a review showed that Backstrom stopped the puck before it crossed the blue line.
The goal gave Ovechkin his first hat trick since he scored four goals against Tampa Bay on Dec. 10, 2013.
It wasn’t the only fortunate bounce for Ovechkin on the night, and the five-time 50-goal scorer capitalized on each opportunity.
A shot from T.J. Oshie deflected off of Minnesota forward Zach Parise across the ice right to Ovechkin in the left faceoff circle and Ovechkin quickly snapped off a shot to beat Dubnyk, who couldn’t get across the crease to get into position. Three minutes later, Ovechkin scored on the power play when a point shot bounced off the end boards right to Ovechkin in front of the net.
The tally provided some relief for the Capitals’ surprisingly ineffective power play. Washington had one power play in its previous six games, an empty-netter for the only goal in its previous 20 power-play chances. The Capitals were 1 of 5 on the power play on Thursday.
Coyle scored for the fifth time in eight games in the second, but second periods have doomed the Wild during their slump. Minnesota has been outscored 13-3 in the period in five straight losses.
Suter scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play in the third as Minnesota went 1 of 5 with the man advantage.
NOTES: Washington C Evgeny Kuznetsov left in the third period after he was hit in the face by the stick of Mikael Granlund off a faceoff. … Backstrom has 20 points in his last 17 games. … Minnesota D Jared Spurgeon missed his second straight game with an unspecified deep bruise. Spurgeon has returned to practice, but was held out again. … Holtby is 27-1-3 in his last 31 games with two shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.