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Not A Carey Price Type Year

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

What, me worry?

Canadiens coach Claude Julien borrowed a page out of the Alfred E. Neuman playbook Saturday night when he said he wasn’t worried about goaltender Carey Price, who is struggling through the worst season of his NHL career.

“‘There’s a goaltender on the other side, (Braden) Holtby, who’s having the same kind of year that Pricey is and he’s a pretty good goaltender,” Julien said after Price finished on the short end of a 6-4 count against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night night at the Bell Centre.

“It happens, but the one thing I can tell you is that we know how good he is and how good he will be,” Julien said. “I’m not worried about him bouncing back. It wasn’t his best night tonight. Knowing Carey he probably mentioned it but, at the same time, a lot of our season has gone that way. Our team wasn’t great tonight in front of him. We just talked about how many slot chances we’ve been giving up. This is where I know what I’m going to get out of Carey and I’m more confident than worried.”

After missing 14 games with a concussion, Price has given up 11 goals in two starts and a look at the numbers doesn’t offer much reason for confidence.

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Carey Price Is Not Having An All-Star Season

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Carey Price has shouldered so much of the load for the Canadiens for so long that it seems like heresy to suggest he has been something less than All-World this season. Or even an All-Star.

But based on the reality of a campaign that was over before Santa harnessed his reindeer, Price had no business playing in the All-Star Game.

Based on Price’s career, he should have been part of the festivities. But taking this season alone, the only Canadien who deserved an All-Star berth was Brendan Gallagher. The undersized power forward with a heart the size of the Bay of Fundy has been there, night in and night out, taking the worst the league’s redwoods can throw his way around the crease without complaint and still producing steadily....

Price, meanwhile, has been an enigma. Superb at times, but not often enough. Sluggish at other times. What the real cause might be is pure speculation: technical faults, a lingering injury, the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Price mention in an interview with TVA and then refused to discuss. Off-ice problems that have left him stressed and/or depressed.

Whatever, he has simply not been the Carey Price we know.

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Morning Line- Damien Cox On Carey Price

We have, however, probably reached the point at which if the Habs ever did make the momentous decision to deal their star goaltender, they would get limited returns. The contract, his performance and the injuries have changed everything.

Price may return to form, but he’s really now a substantial asset for Montreal only in terms of how he plays, not in terms of potential return on investment. If he doesn’t return and play superbly, he’s not an asset in any sense.

-Damien Cox on Carey Price.  Read more from Cox on this topic at the Toronto Star.

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More Rest For Carey Price

 

 

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An Eight-Year Contract Extension For Carey Price

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Sunday an eight-year contract extension for goaltender Carey Price (2018-19 to 2025-26).

Price, 29, completed his 10th season with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2016-17. In 62 games, the 6'03'', 226 lbs goaltender maintained a record of 37 wins, 20 losses and five overtime/shootout losses. He recorded three shutouts with a 2.23 goals-against average. He stopped 1,656 of the 1,794 shots he faced for a .923 save percentage. Winner of the 2016-17 Molson Cup, Price was one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the best goaltender in the NHL. The netminder took part in his fifth All-Star Game, held last January in Los Angeles.

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Video- Carey Price Or Petr Mrazek?

And the better save of the night goes to?

Carey Price...

 

 

Or Petr Mrazek?

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Carey Price Is Just Not Right

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.

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Video- Carey Price Pulled After Giving Up Four Goals

Carey Price did not talk to the media after the game...

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Therrien claimed he never saw Price’s stare.

“I didn’t like the way we started the game, obviously,” Therrien said. “First of all, pick up three penalties … we’re responsible for our sticks and I’m responsible, too, to prepare our team to make sure that we’re ready to play. I’m responsible for that.”

As for pulling Price, the coach said: “It is difficult because all athletes are really proud and there was a few reasons that we believe that we needed to pull out Carey. First of all, there’s not one guy in the league who likes to get pulled out. But I didn’t like the way we played in front of him. We gave up a goal early in the second period. We wanted to send a message to our team and in the meantime we wanted to give ourselves a chance to bring him back tomorrow because he’s fresh.”

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No Protection For Carey Price

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s unfortunate the best goalie in the world had to defend himself after getting run over twice during Thursday night’s 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre. If you were wondering where his teammates were to defend him, you have to think Price was wondering the same thing when he decided to start pummelling Kyle Palmieri with his blocker after the Devils forward crashed into him in the first period with the Canadiens leading 2-1. New Jersey’s first goal came when Adam Henrique knocked both the puck and Price into the net.

When Price got run over the second time he had had enough. While the goalie pounded Palmieri, Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry looked like he was actually trying to protect the Devil. After Saturday’s morning skate in Brossard, Petry said he was really trying to keep Price from getting a major penalty.

“At first, I really didn’t know how to react,” Petry said, “but then I just wanted to try and pull (Palmieri) out of there so there was no … further penalty I guess you would say.”...

There was talk when the Canadiens acquired Shea Weber in exchange for P.K. Subban last summer that opponents would no longer be running into Price. In reality, players will continue to crash Price’s crease unless the NHL does more to protect its goalies — or the goalie’s teammates do it themselves. Weber had only one hit in 23:05 of ice time against the Devils.

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Carey Price Doesn’t Like Being Run By The Opposition

from Pat Hickey of the Montrteal Gazette,

The Canadiens’ all-world goaltender started throwing punches with his blocker after the Devils’ Kyle Palmieri crashed into him in the dying seconds of the first period.

“I got run on the first goal and I wasn’t going to take another one,” Price said after the Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils. “I got fired up, I guess. I’m going to stick up for myself now.”...

Price said running the goaltender has become common because the referees aren’t handing out penalties.

“It seems to be the nature of the league, to go hard to the net, run the goalie and score the goal,” said Price. “You have to stick up for yourself once in a while.” 

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Here is the goal where Price says he was run...

 

 

If you missed Price throwing some punches, watch here.

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Video- Carey Price Throwing Punches

Kyle Palmieri gets two for goaltender interference, Price four for roughing.

 

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Morning Line- Jack Todd On Carey Price

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.

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The Latest Health Update On Carey Price

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Video- Carey Price After Today’s Team Canada Practice

via Sportnet's YouTube channel,

 

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Carey Price And P.K. Subban Won’t Play Again This Season

MONTREAL – Canadiens’ general manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday that goaltender Carey Price will not return to action this season. The decision was made last night by the Canadiens’ medical staff, head team physician Vincent Lacroix, head orthopedic surgeon Paul Martineau, with Marc Bergevin and Carey Price.

“Now that Carey Price’s season has officially ended, here is a detailed description of his injury: Carey sustained a medial collateral ligament injury (MCL sprain) to his right knee on November 25th, 2015 in a game against the NY Rangers. The MCL provides support to the inside of the knee and is essential for stability and knee function. Acute, isolated MCL injuries are managed without surgery. Rehabilitation treatments lead to full functional recovery. The recovery process can be long in the case of an elite netminder such as Carey, due to the high demand placed on this anatomical structure by modern goaltending techniques. Although Carey has made excellent progress and is very close to being able to return to competition, he has not presently been cleared to do so. He is expected to make a full recovery over the off-season. This injury was not the same as the one he suffered earlier this season (October 29th at Edmonton), nor in previous years,” said the Canadiens’ head physician, Dr. Vincent Lacroix.

The Canadiens also announced that the following players will also be out for the remainder of the season due to injuries: P.K. Subban (neck), Mark Barberio (concussion), Victor Bartley (groin/broken foot) and Lucas Lessio (right knee).

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Afternoon Line- Jacques Demers On Carey Price

"I still maintain this, and I'm not saying this to please anybody: If Carey Price is there Montreal is not out of it now. That's how good Price is. You can't lose your top player. He's also a tremendous leader, a silent leader. He doesn't have to yell. It's the way he works, like Steve Yzerman when he was my captain in Detroit."

-Jacques Demers on Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.  Dave Stubbs of NHL.com has more from Demers.

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Carey Price On Returning To Action

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

On a scale of 1 to 10, Carey Price rates his health somewhere between 3 and 7.

Recently practising in full gear for the first time in months, the NHL’s reigning MVP is still optimistic to return to the Montreal Canadiens this season, but there is no timeline for his return to action as he recovers from a lower-body injury.

“As soon as possible,” Price told reporters in Brossard, Que., Thursday, after facing pucks. “I haven’t seen a shot for three months. To go out on the ice and do some real work, it’s been real nice.

“I’m starting to push my limits a bit more,” added Price, who believes he turned the corner in his recovery over the last couple of weeks. “I’m continuing the process. It’s been a really long one, obviously.”

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Video- Carey Price Doesn’t Look Close To Returning

via Sportsnet,

The footage was shocking to see for the Hockey Central panel. Watching Carey Price skating around so gingerly has set off alarm bells for many and has some wondering if the Canadiens may end up having to shut him down for the season.

 

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Rehab Going Slower Than Expected For Carey Price

added 1:56pm, from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Amid the worst run of any Montreal Canadiens team in 76 years, general manager Marc Bergevin said head coach Michel Therrien will not be fired.

Bergevin expressed confidence in Therrien at a press conference Thursday, saying Therrien’s job is safe for the remainder of the season. 

“It’s been a hard time for all of us, but I believe in Michel Therrien and his coaching staff,” Bergevin told reporters. “Nobody is going anywhere. Michel knows he has to make the players better and he works at it every day. That’s what I love about Michel Therrien.”

Thursday’s statement isn’t exactly a surprise, considering Bergevin signed Therrien to a four-year contract extension less than two years ago, locking him up through the 2018-19 season. Bergevin doubled down on Therrien with that extension, so firing him now would put a stain on Bergevin’s record.

The Canadiens have been in absolute free-fall since Hart Trophy-winning goaltender Carey Price went down with injury on Nov. 25. Montreal held a seven-point lead in the Atlantic Division on the morning on his injury.

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Carey Price Out At Least Six Weeks

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Video- Montreal’s Carey Price Aggravates Lower-Body Injury In 5-1 Win Over The New York Rangers

via the CP at TSN,

Coach Michel Therrien said the 2015 NHL MVP and Vezina Trophy winner was sidelined by the same lower-body injury that kept him out for eight games earlier this month. This was his third game back.

"The medical staff was really comfortable and Carey was really comfortable to come back," Therrien said. "If we had any doubt, for sure, we would not take that risk. That's all we can say about it. He tweaked it again tonight. That's why we don't want to take any chance. It's still early in the season, so it's important for us when he plays, he's got to make sure he is healthy."

 

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Carey Price Out At Least Another Week

via Arpon Basu tweets,

Price won't play this week - Therrien

Therrien says Price went to NY to get a second opinion on his injury after didn't respond very well to treatment. Gave same diagnosis.

"We hope he'll be able to get on the ice pretty soon. But this is good news." - Therrien on Price.

"I see no positive to saying what exactly (the injury) is" - Therrien on Price.

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No Panic In Montreal Regarding Carey Price

from Montreal's website,

 The fact that Carey Price left town to have his lower-body injury evaluated on Monday certainly didn’t raise any alarms among his teammates.

Confident that their All-World netminder is simply taking the necessary steps to ensure he’ll be back between the pipes in short order, Michel Therrien’s troops weren’t about to press the proverbial panic button after learning that No. 31 was seeking further medical advice elsewhere.

“I’ve seen Pricey. I know he’s a tough guy. All we know right now is that he’s just being evaluated. That’s it. That doesn’t say much about the situation. I think we’ve all been evaluated. I mean, I’ve been evaluated more than my fair share of times. It doesn’t really mean that he’s going to miss more time or whatever. We just don’t know,” offered P.K.Subban, who has been Price’s teammate in Montreal since making his NHL debut back in 2009-10. “For him, we just hope that he gets the things done that he needs to and he’s back soon. That’s it.”

For his part, Brendan Gallagher said the decision to send Price abroad for medical attention didn’t necessarily come as a surprise.

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The Latest On Carey Price

via CTV Montreal,

Carey Price is going to miss several more games.

The Canadiens goalie was spotted in New York City Monday morning, and the hockey team later confirmed Price was out of town seeking medical treatment.

Price has not played since Oct. 29, 2015, when the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Canadiens 4-3.

Like all hockey teams the Canadiens has been deliberately vague about exactly what is ailing Price, confirming only that it is a lower body injury that was expected to take one week to heal.

There is speculation that Price has torn a muscle or is suffering from tendinitis.

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Lower-Body Injury For Carey Price

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Carey Price, en route to another MVP season?

From ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:

[Is] it possible Price has in store a season that could actually top his 2014-15 campaign, which saw him named the league's best goalie and MVP?

I mean, why not? He's 28 years old, still plenty of room to grow. Can you imagine for a moment if the best is still yet to come?

"He's one of those rare guys that you really say has the whole package,'' former Coyotes assistant GM and goalie whisperer Sean Burke said over the phone Thursday night.

"He's athletic to begin with, technically he's very, very sound, he's one of those players that has very few weaknesses, if any,'' continued Burke. "I'm sure every team says 'Let's get traffic and don't let him see the shot.' If he can see it, he's going to stop it. Mentally, that's such an advantage when you know the other team is going into the game saying, 'How are we going to beat this guy?' It reminds me of Dominik Hasek in his prime, the other team is half-beaten before they hit the ice.''

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Canadiens 5-and-0, Price making big saves

The Montreal Canadiens are 5-and-0 after defeating the New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday evening, and Carey Price made a sensational glove save on Rick Nash to keep it 1-0 toward the end of the 2nd period:

Price also said hello to Chris Kreider behind the net:

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Video- Carey Price An Inspiration To The First Nation Youth

via Sportsnet,

Watch the inspiring story of how Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is being a role model to First Nations youth, particularly in his hometown of Anahim Lake, B.C.

Eliotte Friedman with the very inspiring feature...

 

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What A Night For Carey Price

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Carey Price clearly was nervous when he delivered his first acceptance speech at the 2015 NHL Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Wednesday.

"I was really uncomfortable," the Montreal Canadiens goalie said.

Fortunately it got easier for him as the night went along. He had a lot of practice because he had a historic night as a four-time winner.

Price took home the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, the Vezina Trophy as the League's best goalie and the Ted Lindsay Award for the most outstanding player as voted by the players. Price also received a share of the William M. Jennings Trophy with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks as the goalies on the teams that allowed the fewest goals in the regular season (189).

Price, 27, is the first goalie in NHL history to sweep those four awards. He also is the first goalie to win the Hart Trophy since former Montreal goalie Jose Theodore did it in 2001-02 and the first to win the Ted Lindsay Award since Dominik Hasek of the Buffalo Sabres in 1997-98.

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NHL announces 1st and 2nd All-Star Teams

From the NHL:

NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-STAR TEAMS

LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.

Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).

Joining Ovechkin on the First Team are three first-time selections: goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, center John Tavares of the New York Islanders and right wing Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The squad also features a pair of defensemen who have been selected to the First Team for the second time, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.

Among those named to the Second Team is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted to his fifth career postseason All-Star berth (3 First Team, 2 Second Team). Defensemen Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators both have landed a spot on the Second Team for the second time, while Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are making their first career appearance on the Second Team.

Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

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‘Thumbs down’ to the Habs

TSN's Dave Hodge issues a "thumbs down" to the Montreal Canadiens:

There is seldom a way to recover from a 3-0 deficit in a Stanley Cup playoff series, and the Canadiens don't even have time to regroup. With Game 4 coming 24 hours after the most stunning loss imaginable, the Canadiens will feel as though they never left the ice.

So this is no ordinary deep hole that requires a ladder made of four straight wins. This makes down and out feel like the same thing. And the very worst of it is that the Habs can't even tell themselves things should be different. Surely they could see it coming.

Too often they've relied on Carey Price to win a game with saves that should have been won more easily with goals. With an overtime goal against Ben Bishop, this would have been another typical Montreal win - except that Price couldn't make the last save. And suddenly - 1.1 seconds later - the game was over. There was no more time and no time for overtime.

The Canadiens have been described as a mediocre team with a great goalie. Harsh as that might sound, any argument is hollow. Thumbs up and down accordingly.

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Benn (Art Ross), Ovechkin (Richard), Crawford and Price (Jennings) win regular-season trophies

BENN, OVECHKIN, CRAWFORD AND PRICE CAPTURE 2014-15 REGULAR-SEASON TROPHIES

NEW YORK (April 12, 2015) – The 2014-15 National Hockey League regular season concluded on Saturday with Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn capturing his first career Art Ross Trophy as the League’s scoring champion, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin claiming his fifth career Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens winning the William M. Jennings Trophy as the goaltender(s) who play at least 25 games for the club allowing the fewest goals. Two races – for the Art Ross Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy – came down to the final moments of the regular season.

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It’s All About The Team For Carey Price

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

On Wednesday afternoon in Winnipeg, Price was soft-spoken, humble and a gentleman. He had chosen to take a day off from speaking with the Montreal media contingent but when word reached him that a Winnipeg reporter was hoping for a few minutes, he emerged from the trainers' room to talk.

Price turned every question about his individual greatness into an answer about his team. It would have been infuriating but for the manner in which he did it. An easy but small smile, patience with questions he'd likely heard a thousand times and when I clumsily dropped my recorder, he bent down to pick it up. He offered his hand when I'd exhausted my efforts to get a juicy quote and then shuffled off the team bus.

"It's just a cold hard fact that I wouldn't be where I'm at without these guys in the locker-room. It's just the reality," said Price. "This is the best our team has been. We've been playing pretty solid hockey all season long. Whenever you get to the 100-point mark, before the end of the season, it's definitely a feather in the hat."

During the Olympics, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock took to referring to Price as big, square and soft. Price smiled when reminded of the reference.

"If he's talking about me as a goalie, that's a compliment. If he's talking about my physique, then probably not," said the 27-year-old from Anahim Lake, B.C. "That's what you strive to do, is make yourself as big of a target as possible and try to give as few secondary chances as possible."

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Quite A Year For Carey Price

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s been since 1976-77 that a Canadiens goalie has recorded 10 shutouts in a season. With nine games remaining on the Habs schedule, Price’s 2-0 whitewash Saturday of San Jose gives him a lifetime-best nine.

And his 40 victories, also a career high, have him two behind a share of his team’s record in that category: Jacques Plante won 42 in 1955-56 and 1961-62, Dryden won the same number in 1975-76.

With his shutout of the Sharks, Price equalled the 34 lifetime unblemished games of Canadiens Hall of Famer Bill Durnan for fourth place on the team’s all-time list. Next up: Dryden’s 46, Plante’s 58, and the distant 75 of early-era George Hainsworth.

You’ve been hearing for some time that this season is a career year for Price. It is no longer “just” that, of course. This one is sprinkled with stardust, one for the ages, something magical that’s been fascinating to watch.

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Videos- Bad Goal Of The Night Plus Two Saves Of Night Candidates

First, Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes may want to take this one back...

 

 

Below, the saves of the night.

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Simmons talks Norris and Hart trophy candidates

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' mostly Maple Leaf and/or Toronto-centric Sunday sports notes:

Mark Giordano’s season-ending injury has complicated voting for the Norris Trophy. Somehow, between Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, the alleged embellisher P.K. Subban, Ryan McDonagh, the re-emerging Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith, it’s a tough ballot to figure out. Said a pro scout: “If I’m voting the first half of the season, I’m voting Giordano. If I’m voting the second half, I’m taking Karlsson. He’s back skating like he was before injury. But if I’m voting for the whole season, Weber is the pick. He does everything well."

The Minnesota Wild are 14 games over .500 with Devan Dubnyk in goal and nine games under .500 in games he hasn’t played. The Coyotes were two games over .500 in games Dubnyk played in Arizona and are now 31 games under .500 without him. Can you say Hart Trophy candidate — just after Carey Price?

Mike Santorelli has been a disaster in Nashville thus far: He has one assist in 14 games with the Predators. No doubt he’s regretting walking away from that multi-year offer in Toronto.

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Simmons on the Franson trade, Burmistrov and Price for Hart

Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday hockey and/or sports-related notes, which mostly involve the Toronto Maple Leafs:

If you break down the Cody Franson-Mike Santorelli trade, it’s basically Franson for a late first-round pick and Santorelli for the prospect Brendan Leipsic. The Leafs had a very extensive book on Leipsic, partly because personnel man Mark Hunter had his London Knights play against him in the Memorial Cup. Leipsic is known for three things: 1) being small; 2) being ultra-competitive; 3) having ridiculous ‘he could stickhandle in a phone booth’ hands...

Coaches that interest the Leafs: Still working division: Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan; Ken Hitchcock; Dave Tippett; Out of work division: Peter DeBoer. Seemingly no interest: Dan Bylsma...

The Leafs also have some interest in Alexander Burmistrov, the troubled high draft pick playing in the KHL, whose rights are owned by Winnipeg...

I'm intrigued by Burmistrov myself--he's 23 and liberally-listed at 6' and 179 pounds, and he hasn't exactly lit it up during two seasons with the Ak Bars Kazan, but he's still fleet-footed as all hell get out, and he could be somebody's next-year reclamation project.

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Anahim Lake Honors Carey Price

from  Caitlin Thompson of the Coast Mountain News,

The gymnasium of the Anahim Lake School was packed last week as community members turned out to honour one of their own: superstar NHL goalie Carey Price.

In town to promote his new role as First Nations Ambassador for the Breakfast Club of Canada, Price was excitedly received by his biggest fans: the Ulkatcho community.

Price’s remarkable story is well known by now. Of both Ulkatcho and Nuxalk descent, Price was raised on the ice of Anahim Lake, which was little more than backyard creeks and outdoor rinks, with his goalie father always by his side.

“It was just me and my dad a lot of the time,” Price said. “We would spend hours out on the creeks, in the cold.”

At age nine his dad decided he should join a team, so they made the nearly 700-kilometre round trip to Williams Lake a few times a week. It got so taxing that Price’s father Jerry, who had his pilot’s license, bought a small plane and the commute was cut to a more reasonable 45 minutes.

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Rangers’ Lundqvist out-duels Tokarski as New York takes Game 2

While the Montreal Canadiens were worried about their goaltending, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, the goaltender opposite Dustin Tokarski stole the show, as the AP's recap of the New York Rangers' 3-1 win reports:

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period as the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.

St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother's Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row.

New York's Rick Nash also scored while Ryan McDonagh added a goal and an assist to give the defenseman six points in the opening two games of the series.

Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal, which outshot New York 41-30.

The AP's recap continues, and here's a highlight clip:

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Carey Price Out For The Series Against The New York Rangers

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The Latest On Carey Price

via the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Goaltender Carey Price tested a suspected knee injury briefly ahead of an optional practice on Sunday, but his fitness for Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference final remains in doubt.

Price went on the ice with goaltending coach Stephane Waite for about five minutes, mostly moving side to side in the crease. Then they left the ice.

There was no immediate word on his condition from the team.

Price was hurt at 3:15 of the second period of a 7-2 loss to New York in the series opener on Saturday when Rangers forward Chris Kreider crashed into him skates-first after missing the net on a breakaway.

Price lay on the ice for a while and appeared to injure his right knee, but got up and stayed in the game.

After giving up two goals late in the period, he was replaced by backup Peter Budaj for the third frame.

If you missed the incident in the game yesterday, you can watch it here...

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Why Was Carey Price Pulled?

Here is Montreal head coach Michel Therrien post-game on why he pulled Carey Price after the 2nd period...

via a transcript the NHL supplies...

Q.   If  you can, just what did you think of the play where Kreider slid into Carey, and was him not playing later in the game at all injury related?

COACH  THERRIEN:  I think it was accidental, honestly.  The fact that he didn't play in the third period, that was more to protect him than anything, because we were not sharp in front of him.

Here is the play of Kreider sliding into Price...

 

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Bruins’ call-up delivers game-winning and series-tying goal vs. Montreal

The Boston Bruins decided to make a personnel change on Thursday, swapping out Justin Florek for Matt Fraser, and boy howdy, did their pick pay off as the Bruins shut down the Canadiens' offensive machine and won 1-0 in overtime--thanks to Fraser, as the CP's recap notes:

Rookie Matt Fraser got to live a dream he had many times while growing up in Red Deer, Alta. Fraser, called up Wednesday from AHL Providence and playing his first career NHL playoff game, scored 1:19 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to even their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday night.

The 23-year-old jumped into a scramble in front of goalie Carey Price's net and slid the puck under him into the net.

"It was bouncing around and I was just swatting at it as hard as I could and hoping it would hit something," said Fraser. "Price is such a good goalie. He doesn't give out a lot of rebounds. I might have got lucky there, but the puck wound up in the back of the net. It's something I dreamed about many times on the outdoor rinks growing up. It's every kid's dream to score in overtime."

The CP's recap continues, and as you can easily see, the Bruins capitalized on  a terrible case of standing-around-itis by the Habs' defense:

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Bruins happy that Carey Price’s ‘Essensaing’ gives them open nets

The last few dinosaurs of the stand-up goaltending technique--30-something-and-up goalies like myself--fondly remember goaltenders like Bob Essensa as pioneeers, and as cautionary reminders that relying on the same technique all the time was nothing less than dangerous.

In an era when goaltenders stayed on their feet until shots came their way, Essensa offered a unique alternative to trying to look OVER your opponents when screened. Instead of poking his head over traffic, he'd crouch down to the point that his entire torso and head were parallel to his thighs, looking through players' elbows and even around their butts to find the puck.

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Video- Playoff Pressure On Carey Price With Montreal The Only Canadian Team In The Playoffs

Tim Wharsby of CBC says the pressure is on Carey Price.

 

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Carey Price Aggravated Leg Injury, Will Miss Two Games

Price was not scheduled to start tonight against Detroit...

 

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Montreal’s Coaching Style To Blame For The Decline Of Carey Price?

from Chris Boyle of Sportsnet,

On Jan. 7, Carey Price was named to the Canadian Olympic team. At the time of the announcement, he was 20-11-4 with a .927 save percentage and the odds on favourite to be the starter in Sochi. I had recently endorsed him for the starting job based on his impressive work since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. But since Jan. 7, Price has been a statistical disaster registering an .886 save percentage while winning only three of eight starts.

At times over that span he has appeared spectacular, but the eye test has always been unreliable. Could the blame possibly lie elsewhere? Like, say, with the coaching system?

A goaltender’s performance relies on the amount of shots they face with the ability to set. When forced into transition or dealing with a change in puck-direction, save percentage drops.

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Morning Line

No matter what Darren Dreger tries to tell you, (Carey) Price has to be the starter in Sochi. He has made the leap from good to great in a single season and he is the only goaltender I would trust with Canada’s Olympic fate.

-Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette.

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Videos- Two Great Highlight Saves Last Night

Which one was better?

The first save by Jhonas Enroth..

 

And then Carey Price, which you can watch below...

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Honeymoon On The Back Burner For Carey Price

from Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald,

Pucks were ringing off the boards Wednesday morning at Toyota Arena. They don’t have the same musical tone as wedding bells, but by week’s end, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will have heard them both.

It’s a busy week for Price, who will marry Kennewick native Angela Webber on Saturday, then leave Sunday for the Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp in Calgary. The camp will be used to evaluate players for the upcoming Sochi Olympic games.

“It hasn’t been too bad,” Price said. “Fortunately for me, Angela has been doing a lot of the work. She’s had a lot of help with the wedding so it hasn’t been too bad on me. I can focus on training.

“It’s a really busy week. Fortunately for me, I have a really good future family-in-laws.”

Price, who turned 26 last week, was sharing time in goal with Tri-City Americans goalie Troy Trombley on Wednesday, stopping everything that came his way.

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