Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price will miss at least a week of action due to concussion protocols, the team announced Tuesday.
According to Montreal head coach Dominique Ducharme, Price was injured when he was bumped by Edmonton Oilers forward Alex Chiasson at 12:01 of the first period of Monday’s contest between the two clubs.
Price stayed on the ice for the balance of the opening frame, but Jake Allen replaced him for the remainder of the game.
“Sometimes symptoms can come a little bit after,” Ducharme said Tuesday. “So I cannot tell you exactly when he started to feel bad. I’m sure if it would have been, he would have told us. I think when he got off the ice (Monday) and sat down in the locker room and then he had to go see the therapist and started to feel bad, then they came to see me.”
Price has a record of 12-7-5 this season, with a .901 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average.
The 33-year-old from Anahim Lake had just made his return to the Habs Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. He previously missed six games due to a lower body injury.
The Canadiens are currently six points ahead of the Calgary Flames for the final playoff spot in the North Division. They own a record of 19-15-9, but have won just three of their last 10 games.
Montreal will turn to Allen and emergency goalie Cayden Primeau, who could start a game during the club’s road swing.
“It’s unfortunate for Carey, but that’s what I’m here for,” Allen said. “I’m here to step up when guys go down. That’s my job. So I’ve got to always be ready.”
The Habs will be on the road in Alberta for the next four games. They face the Oilers again Wednesday before heading to Calgary for three.
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