In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens, the Rangers would outwork the Canadiens up and down the ice in an emphatic 7-2 Rangers’ win. One Ranger that was particularly noticeable using his speed to beat Canadiens players to the puck all over the ice was Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider.
Kreider’s speed led to more than a few prime scoring chances, where he would crash the net, and one such attempt led to a goal. The goal Kreider scored, however, was not the major problem Canadiens’ head coach Michel Therrien and forward Brandon Prust had with the forward. Instead it was when Kreider beat two Canadiens’ defensemen to the puck and crashed the net, where Kreider fell awkwardly and collided into Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price. Price immediately favored his right knee and was in serious pain.
Price finished the period but got pulled before the start of the 3rd, since the game was already 4-1 Rangers and Therrien wanted to give Price some rest so he can be ready for Game 2.
Now today we found out that Price is considered day to day and questionable for Game 2. This sparked comments from Therrien and Prust on Kreider, saying that he skated into Price “accidentally on purpose,” hinting at Kreider intending to injure Price.
In my opinion, the Canadiens have no right to complain about Kreider because they did absolutely nothing to stop him in Game 1. They let him skate free all over the ice and when he did crash the net, the Canadiens did nothing to prevent him from doing it again. All Kreider did was his job. I believe Therrien and Prust are just saying this about Kreider to help motivate their team to be ready for Game 2 — the last thing the Canadiens want is to have a repeat performance of Game 1 in Game 2 tomorrow.