Updated: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 01:16 | By Agence France-Presse

Montreal goalie Price out for rest of semi-finals

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss the remainder of the team's National Hockey League semi-final playoff series against the New York Rangers, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Monday.


Montreal goalie Price out for rest of semi-finals

Goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens looks on while taking on the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre on May 17, 2014 in Montreal, Canada - by Bruce Bennett

Price sat out the third period of Saturday's 7-2 New York victory in game one of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at Montreal after yielding four goals, but it was unknown if injury or poor play prompted the move.

Rangers forward Chris Kreider crashed into Price feet-first during the second period, but the netminder played the remainder of the period.

"Carey Price will not be available tonight, nor for the rest of that series," Therrien said. "We've lost our best player, but we've faced adversity this year already."

Price posted a 2.35 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 12 playoff games.

Peter Budaj, who replaced Price and allowed three goals on eight shots in his first playoff minutes, will take over the goalie duties starting with game two Monday night.

Either the Rangers or Canadiens will face Chicago or Los Angeles in the Stanley Cup Final.

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