I want to talk about something that happened between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers. During game one of the Eastern Conference Finals, Rangers forward Chris Kreider entered the Canadiens defensive zone on a breakaway. Kreider was skating very fast, and before he could take a shot he was tripped by Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin. The end result was a violent collision that put Canadiens All-World goalie Carey Price out for the rest of the playoffs, with an apparent knee injury.
Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette called it, "A violent, high speed goal-mouth collision."
To me it looked like a Ferrari hitting a Lamborghini. The play in question looked very painful, but no way intentional. Hockey is a contact sport and collisions with the goaltender happen all of the time, that's hockey.
Before game two, it was confirmed by CBC's Elliot Fiedman, that Price was seen wearing a knee brace at the Bell Centre.
We move on, right? Well not really. Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien actually said that Kreider might have done this on purpose. Yeah and there's a black helicopter landing in Therrien's back yard. He can't be serious? Oh but he is.
Therrien reiterated that he felt the incident between Kreider and Price was "accidental," but took a thinly veiled shot at the Rangers' forward as well. "Let's put it this way, he didn't put much effort to avoid the contact," Therrien said. (Katie Strang, ESPN.COM)
How's Kreider supposed to avoid contact with Price when he's being chopped to the ice by the Habs defenders? If anything the Canadiens should be mad at Emelin and Weise for tripping Kreider.
Heck even one of the Canadiens players said this as well.
Brandon Prust, who was slapped with both a roughing and unsportsmanlike minor and a 10-minute misconduct in the third period, said this isn't the first time they've noticed that sort of play from Kreider. He pointed out a similar play, when Kreider crashed into Marc-Andre Fleury in the Rangers' second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6.
"He did nothing to really avoid him. We're in the NHL. We know how to fall, how to not put our skates first when we fall. He did the same thing against Fleury in the last series," Prust said. "I mean he's not doing anything to avoid him. It's not totally intentional, but he doesn't do anything to lighten it up a bit."
Come on folks, this is absolutely black helicopter and tin foil hats stuff right here. Montreal folks that think Kreider did this on purpose, look out your back window, there's a black helicopter landing in your back yard and a SWAT team is ready to conduct a breach your on your house. Don't forget to protect yourself with your tin foil hat.
What next, an investigation of the incident by the Montreal Police Department?
On my fan blog, a Canadiens fan left a comment telling me that Kreider is a goon and a dirty player. Seriously! Having watched Kreider play in college and now in the NHL, I can tell you that he's not a dirty player, not even close. Kreider isn't the second coming of Ulf Samuelsson, either. This is a player that plays at a high rate of speed and plays the game straight up, nothing more, nothing less. Don't be one of those fans. If your still confused go back and watch the video.