David Desharnais has admitted he caused Carey Price’s headache. During practice last Thursday in Brossard, Desharnais collided with Price in the goalmouth while practicing two-on-one breaks. Desharanais fell on top of him, his ribs making contact with Price’s facemask and Price hitting his head on the ice. Price was shaken up on the play. According to Desharnais, “When I fell on his head, I hurt myself because my ribs hit his mask. Carey came to me after practice joking that it was because of me he had a headache. It is no longer a joke …”
The Canadiens subsequently flew to New York and Price played Friday night against the Rangers letting in four goals on 29 shots. Peter Budaj had previously scheduled to play in Washington on Saturday so Price sat on the bench. At practice on Monday following the traditional Sunday day off, Price finally told the coaching staff he had a problem. He has an appointment with Dr. David Mulder on Wednesday to determine the seriousness of the injury.
The Canadiens are cautious about using the word “concussion”. Under league protocol, a player diagnosed with a concussion must rest a minimum of seven days during which the player must pass a series of tests.
For now, Peter Budaj starts Wednesday night at the Bell Centre against Tampa and probably Thursday at Carolina. That leaves only one game remaining on the schedule, a home game Saturday night against Toronto.
Ryan White is also showing signs of concussion which means the Canadiens could go into the game against Tampa with ten regulars out of the lineup, including Travis Moen (IR-upper body-possible concussion); RW- Brian Gionta (IR-bicep surgery); D-Raphael Diaz (IR-groin); D-Yannick Weber (IR-knee), C-Scott Gomez (IR-concussion); LW-Mathieu Darche (IR-concussion); Tomas Kaberle (upper body). We’re told that Kaberle is closest to returning to the lineup.
To catch you up on the day’s other developments –
The Canadiens called up goalie Robert Mayer from Hamilton. He’ll be Budaj’s backup. They also recalled forward Gabriel Dumont, who will make his NHL debut against the Lightning replacing Nokelaienen.
And Josh Gorges was named winner of the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy as the Canadiens unsung hero in voting by members of the Montreal media. David Desharnais finished second in the voting followed by Alexei Emelin and Mathieu Darche.