Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 04/02/08 at 05:29 PM ET
NEW YORK (April 2, 2008) – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who backstopped the team to its first division title since 1992, posting a 7-3-0 record, 2.67 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Price edged Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner (6-9—15 in 15 games), Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (5-9—14 in 14 games), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (4-10—14 in 15 games) and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Eric Ersberg (5-4-2, 2.31 goals-against average, .932 save percentage, two shutouts) for the award.
Price allowed two or fewer goals in five of his 10 starts including a 4-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils on Mar. 11. In 39 appearances this season Price has posted a record of 22-12-3, a 2.64 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and three shutouts.
Montreal’s first choice and the fifth overall selection at the 2005 Entry Draft, Price led the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Championship in 2007 capturing the MVP Award for the playoffs. The 6-3, 212-lb. Vancouver, British Columbia native backstopped Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2006, winning a gold medal.
Price joins previous 2007-08 Rookie of the Month winners Kane (October), Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom (November), Backstrom (December), Phoenix Coyotes center Peter Mueller (January) and Gagner (February).
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