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Canadiens G Price sees no need for surgery

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 02 2014 09:34:10 AM CDT
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is not expecting to have surgery during the offseason after suffering a lower-body injury in the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers.

Price was hurt during the second period of the opener and did not play during the rest of the series. The Canadiens were eliminated in six games, but Price indicated he could have returned for the Stanley Cup Finals if Montreal would have made it.

Though the injury was never specified, Price wore a brace on his right knee in the days after it happened. Rangers forward Chris Krieder ran into Price on a breakaway.

"Over time, it's going to get back to normal," Price said. "I actually got really lucky, it could have been a lot worse than it was."

The 26-year-old Price dismissed speculation that Kreider falling on him was done on purpose.

"I don't think he did it intentionally, but he didn't try to miss me either," Price said.

After Price went down, the Canadiens turned to rookie Dustin Tokarski in goal and he went 2-3 against the Rangers in his first NHL action.

Price finished the regular season with a 34-20-5 record, a 2.52 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. In 12 playoff games before the injury, Price was 8-4-1 with a 2.73 GAA and a .909 save percentage.