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Possibly the save of the year too. The save was in OT and the video also contains the game winning OT goal by Buffalo.
Below, Carey Price made two key saves near the end of regulation to force OT.
from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette,
I’m worried about Carey Price and you should be too.
The Canadiens’ all-world/other-worldly/greatest-ever goalie simply hasn’t been himself for the past six weeks and it’s right there to see in his stats. He has had four or more goals scored against him in four of his last five games and in one of those games, that embarrassment at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, he let in seven goals.
Worse, he has let in three or more goals in eight of his last ten games. This is simply not the Carey Price we know and love. Sadly, it is nothing like the Carey Price of the 2014-2015 season who was far and away the best goalie in the National Hockey League and, in fact, was the best player in Bettman’s league that year and has the trophies to prove it. The Price we’re seeing these days is a lot more like the young Price from his early years with the Habs, when management was predicting, correctly it turns out, that he was the new Dryden/Roy but the results on the ice were a lot less Hall of Fame-like at the time.
I alway enjoy the view...
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens were beaten at their own game as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.
“We weren’t sharp coming through the neutral zone and we fed their transition,” defenceman Jeff Petry said. “They play a fast transition game and you can’t give them the puck and have them coming at full speed through the neutral zone. That’s a tough thing to handle.”...
“The level of competition was not there,” said Therrien.
“We played a really good hockey team, the Stanley Cup champion. To have a chance, against a team like that, you have to compete. The focus wasn’t there tonight.”...
Goaltender Carey Price has given up three or more goals in eight of his last 10 starts and was a tad testy when asked if teams were targeting his blocker side.
Below, watch Price when asked about his 'blocker side' and catch the game highlights too.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
It was an epic fail. A botched call so egregious it calls the National Hockey League’s entire replay review process into question and the worst blown call you will see — until the next one.
It was the latest argument for sending the Toronto War Room the way of the dodo and bringing some kind of sanity to the way calls are made in the NHL, because this isn’t working.
By now, you’ve seen the replay 1,243 times and you’re as baffled as I am. At the 6:20 mark of the second period Saturday night, with the Rangers and Canadiens tied at 1-1, New York centreman Kevin Hayes blows in on Carey Price, tries a deke and is stopped on a pretty good save.
Hayes’s momentum carries him into Price’s pad and in a play I’ve never seen in 50 years watching hockey, he drags the goaltender four or five feet away from the net. With Price conveniently out of the net, Rick Nash whacks the puck into the net and the Rangers take a 2-1 lead.
Review the goal here...
Coach's challenge, goal upheld, ruled incidental contact outside the crease
Added a YT version since some were having issues viewing the goal.
Shaw received 5 for interference, 5 for fighting and a game misconduct.
By Jonathan Hill,
The New York Rangers take on the Montreal Canadiens this coming weekend who currently sit top of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. It’s a mouth watering tie with both teams currently in form and looking to take advantage of other team’s poor performances. Can the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers for the 31st time? Or will the New York Rangers show they are no pushovers and edge what could be a thrilling encounter? The game could be filled with goals, and below we’ll have a look at what we can expect to see from this matchup.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Twenty-four hours after outscoring the Winnipeg Jets 7-4, the Canadiens found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 count against the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
What had been a tight-checking game got away from the Canadiens in a 40-second span in the second period as the Wild scored twice to take a 3-0 lead.
“That was the backbreaker,” said Carey Price, who faced only 24 shots. “It’s tough to come back from a 3-0 lead against a team like that. They played very well structurally and you have to tip your hat to them. We didn’t generate much offensively and they capitalized on just about every chance they had. That pretty well sums it up,”
The Wild took control of the game when Eric Staal scored at 6:35 and Jordan Schroeder made it 3-0 at 7:14. Staal took advantage of a sloppy line change and went in alone on Price.
Minnesota added another goal late in the second period for a 4-0 lead and there was some surprise when the goaltender came out for the third period. But Price decided to take one for the team, the same way backup Al Montoya did when he suffered through a 10-0 shelling in Columbus on Nov. 4.
“I’d rather just stick it out,” said Price. “Nobody else has the opportunity to get pulled from a game.”
Coach Michel Therrien said Price was given the chance to pack it in and he rejected the idea.
Catch the game highlights below...
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