The Canadiens held an optional practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Sunday morning. Peter Budaj, Dustin Tokarski and 21 skaters took part in the skate.
Lars Eller, P.K. Subban, Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges and Carey Price did not participate, although Price was on earlier in the morning for a brief practice with goalie coach Stephane Waite. Michel Therrien warned journalists not to read into Price’s absence from the practice after he seemed to be hurt when Chris Kreider went barrelling into the netminder blades-first in Game 1, indicating that a few players took therapy days on Sunday and that the team would confirm on Monday if Price will start in Game 2.
Galchenyuk spent extra time on the ice after practice with Gerard Gallant working on his conditioning. He’s been cleared for contact, but as for whether or not he will be in the lineup in Game 2 against the Rangers, Therrien would only confirm that “there’s always a possibility.”