Carey Price could miss another month, as Canadiens fade

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) looks on after Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) scored a goal during the second period of Game 6 of a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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The one-man cavalry won’t arrive to save the Montreal Canadiens’ season for close to another month.

GM Marc Bergevin confirmed on Thursday that goalie Carey Price, the reigning MVP and Vezina winner, will miss up to another month with a lower body injury that’s kept him out of the lineup since late Nov. 2015.

“It’s been slower than we expected. Injuries … everybody’s body is different. Heal quicker, slower. This position is very demanding for his injury, so he has gone slower. There hasn’t been any setback, but it won’t be anytime before three weeks, maybe a month,” said Bergevin.

The Habs have been a disaster since Dec. 1, 2015, going 4-17-1 since then and falling all the way down from atop the Atlantic Division to out of a playoff seed. Their problems go well beyond goaltending, where Mike Condon and Ben Scrivens have been serviceable. But Bergevin said that missing Price is missing “among our best players, if not our best player” in the lineup.

“To replace Carey Price is impossible. Ben and Mike have done a great job, but they’re not Carey Price. That’s a fact,” he said.

Despite the team’s pathetic offense during their stretch without Price, Bergevin strongly gave coach Michel Therrien a vote of confidence, saying he and his staff will finish out the season.

Which means they’ll still be there when Price returns – but there’s no telling where the Canadiens will be in the standings when that happens.

“We’re not the same team [without Price],” said Bergevin. “Does it leave a mark? Yes it does. But we have to find a way to win without Carey Price.”

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