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If I had to rank the all-time goaltender list, I’d start with Terry Sawchuk, but Price is working his way up that list with a full head of steam. He is locked in to an almost unimaginable degree. He is doing things no one every thought of asking a goaltender to do: making stickhandling plays on the ice, leading in the room.
Most of all, Price has a degree of separation from his peers that I don’t believe any goaltender can rival. That is probably the ultimate test. Price simply has no peer. Goalies rise and fall, one plays well for a time than another. But you can go back to before the 2014 Olympics and Price has been, as José Théodore said last week, in a class by himself.
There’s only one missing link in the resumé. You know what it is. Price knows what it is: A Stanley cup ring.
-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette where you can read more on Carey Price.
With an assist to the netting too.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Watch as the Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens honour Hall of Fame inductee Rogie Vachon.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Carey Price said he’s not awestruck very often, but he was taken aback when he looked up from his stall in the Canadiens dressing room and saw golfing legend Jack Nicklaus delivering a pregame pep talk to his team.
“It threw me off because he had his back to me,” said Price. “I was doing my stuff and I looked and there was someone standing three feet in front of me. I was kind of awestruck and I don’t get awestruck very often.”
Nicklaus’s appearance in the dressing room was the result of a conversation coach Michel Therrien had with a friend earlier in the day. The friend said he was bringing Nicklaus to the game against the Bruins and he wanted to know if there was a chance of a dressing room visit.
“We decided to have him say a few words and read off the starting lineup,” said Therrien.”I think it took a while for some of the players to realize what was happening.”
Watch Nidklause address the team below...
Columbus Blue Jackets 10, Montreal Canadiens 0.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Even when everything is going the Canucks way, it hurts to watch.
The Canucks don’t just look bad, they look helpless.
They had more than 40 shots. It felt like they could have had 400 and still lost.
They came here to start their longest road trip of the year and did almost everything they wanted. They controlled zone time. They drew penalties, probably had more power plays than they could have dreamed of.
And they shot the puck. Boy, did they ever, outshooting the Montreal Canadiens 42-21 in a 3-0 loss.
Game highlights are below...
from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,
Guy Lafleur was awake in his west suburban Montreal home at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, 15 minutes before the alarm he had set.
"My wife likes when I get up before the alarm," the Montreal Canadiens legend joked three hours later, sitting at a very quiet Gate 50 at Montreal's Trudeau Airport.
Lafleur is impeccably dressed in his crested Hockey Hall of Fame blazer, red patterned tie and a tan trench coat, two copies of a luxury-lifestyle magazine under his arm for in-flight reading that he wouldn't do should he doze off on the plane, which he said was likely.
We are headed to St. John's, Newfoundland, where the five-time 1970s Stanley Cup champion is scheduled to participate in the ceremonial faceoff at the home opener of the St. John's IceCaps, the Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate.
It's the final season of the IceCaps in a hockey-mad city in Canada's easternmost province. In 2017-18, the IceCaps will relocate to Laval, north of Montreal, where they will be rebranded the Laval Rocket.
The IceCaps, seeking star quality for their final home opener, called their NHL parent about a month ago, which is when Canadiens alumni president Rejean Houle called Lafleur.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Just eight games into the NHL season, it appears that Alexei Kovalev, version 2.0, has surfaced here in La Belle Province. The passionate Montreal fans have embraced the latest version of the misunderstood, enigmatic Russian winger with oodles of talent.
Kovalev found new life in his NHL career when he came here years ago. The fans absolutely loved him. This might be happening all over again with Radulov, who is winning over the folks in these parts not just with his offensive flair but just as much for his dogged determination away from the puck.
"You learn from things you go through," said Radulov. "It's not all about just scoring goals or getting assists. Hockey is about playing both ways. To be a good player, defense, neutral zone, you have to block shots, take a check, whatever helps at that time in a game. The goals and assists will be there if you work hard and do the right job."
And the fans have noticed. "People here see if you're working hard, they will respect that," said Radulov.
One person who would have easily predicted Radulov's early-season success in his return to the NHL after four years back in Russia is his former junior coach in Quebec City.
"I love Alexander Radulov as a person," said Hall of Famer Patrick Roy in French via email Thursday. "He's a dominant player and dedicated and I'm not surprised at all to see his success so far this season.''
from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
On to the serious stuff. Montreal Canadiens fans need to calm the heck down. I mean, you guys are behaving like Leafs fans.
Check the date. It’s late October. In late October/early November, there are important games being played … by major-league baseball players. Hockey games at this time of year are fun to watch, but they don’t mean squat.
How often have Toronto hockey fans, including all those Leafs fans who work for the Toronto hockey-broadcast clique, started planning the parade route down Yonge St. after the first week of the season? Thankfully, even the delusional Leafs boosters can’t engage in that kind of behaviour this year given Toronto’s woeful start and, as an aside, I have greatly enjoyed coaching legend Mike Babcock’s grumpy comments this week.
But the point is that’s how fans do it in T.O. and it’s not how we’re supposed to do things here in the city’s that home to the most winning hockey team in the history of the sport. We don’t celebrate until we have something to celebrate and, Earth to the Habs Nation, there is absolutely nothing to celebrate after seven games.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
There were some raised eyebrows on Canada Day when Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced he was bringing Alexander Radulov back to the NHL after a four-year absence.
But the gamble appears to be paying off, with Radulov earning the respect of his teammates and the adoration of the fans.
Radulov had a hand in all three Montreal goals Monday night as the Canadiens squeaked past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 at the Bell Centre.
Radulov’s last full season in the NHL was in 2007-08; a comeback in 2012, with Nashville in the playoffs that year, was aborted after he and Andrei Kostitsyn missed a curfew.
“When I was younger, I made mistakes and I don’t want to step in that again,” Radulov said. “Time flies and you learn. That’s why I give 100 per cent. It wasn’t easy for me to come to this league and I appreciate the GM gave me a chance and I can’t play bad.”
Below, watch Radulov post-game and also game highlights...
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