SOCHI -- Carey Price had never played in a game of this magnitude in his life. Not even close.
Perhaps the gold-medal game of the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship would rank up there. But as a professional, the closest the Montreal Canadiens goaltender has come to playing a game anywhere near as important as the 2014 Sochi Olympics semifinal were two Game 7s (against the Boston Bruins in 2008 and 2011) in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Price finally found himself on that rather enormous stage Friday against the United States, the same country he beat for the World Junior gold medal in 2007. And he looked as though he was made for the moment.
Price made 31 saves to backstop a 1-0 Canada win, fighting through traffic and screens to keep some early U.S. chances from going in and remaining sharp the rest of the way as his teammates began to carry the play for longer stretches.