MONTREAL — Rangers center Chris Kreider didn’t make much room for regret.
On Monday when Kreider addressed reporters, the news that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price would miss the rest of the series was still sinking in in the Rangers locker room.
Kreider, who slid into Price on a breakaway during Game 1 and caused an apparent right leg injury, was asked if there was anything he would have done differently given Price’s status.
“I look back on it and think I wish I would’ve put it in the net,” Kreider said.
Not exactly an olive branch. But such was the tone of the series after Canadiens coach Michel Therrien somberly announced Price would miss the rest of the series and continued to rail against Kreider’s play for a second consecutive day. Dustin Tokarski replaced Price in net for Game 2.
“Looking at the incident, it's a reckless play,” Therrien said. “That's the truth. And Kreider, this is not the first time he's going at goalies, so you end up losing your best player.”
Therrien was referencing Kreider’s collision with Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the previous round and an injury suffered by Senators goalie Craig Anderson last season after Kreider was tripped up and crashed into Anderson. Kreider said he was not concerned with Therrien’s harsh words.
“I don’t give it much mind,” Kreider said. “I’m worried about what my coach thinks and what the guys on our team think.”
Some on the Canadiens said Sunday they did not think Kreider’s play was dirty and said there likely would not be any retaliation, at least in this series. Kreider said he wasn’t worried about that either.
“I’m here to play my game and play hard and I think I’m a clean player,” Kreider said. “I don’t go out with the intent to hurt anyone ever.”
One-timers: Center Derick Brassard missed Game 2 for the Rangers after he was injured in Game 1 on a hit by Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver. With the threat of retaliation looming after Price’s injury, the Rangers turned to former Blackhawks winger and enforcer Daniel Carcillo to replace Brassard. … Center Alex Galchenyuk returned to the Canadiens lineup for the first time since April 9. Galchenyuk had missed time because of a knee injury.
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