ATLANTA – Kicking aside 40 of 41 shots in Atlanta, Carey Price
was in familiar All-Star form against the Thrashers.
With 28 wins already on his 2010-11 resume heading into Tuesday night’s game, Price has had no trouble frustrating top snipers across the league. True to form after picking up win No. 29 against the Thrashers, the 23-year-old netminder was heaping the praise on everyone but himself.
“It was busy out there but there weren’t a lot of really hard shots because we kept most of them to the outside,” explained Price, who earned first star status one day after winning his fourth Molson Cup Player of the Month award this year. “It’s not that hard to stop 40 when they’re coming from the outside.
“It was pretty rough ice so I thought our guys were just trying to keep it simple and work it down low. Their team did a good job just throwing pucks to the net,” added Price, who trails only Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard for the league lead in wins. “The scouting report we got on them was that they get a lot of pucks to the net looking for rebounds and our guys did a good job clearing them out.”
After seeing his team give up more than 40 shots for just the fifth time this season, Michael Cammalleri was already looking forward to lightening his goaltender’s workload against the Panthers on Thursday night.
“He was better than we want him to have to be, for sure,” underlined the Habs sniper. “Carey was really good and he played as well as we needed him to. It feels really good to win a game that I think we could have been better in, and Carey was the reason.
“We’ve been working on trying to take away the Grade A scoring chances,” he added. “I think they had some; I’d have to watch it again, but hopefully we made Carey’s job not easier, but at least more attainable.”
Playing at Philips Arena less than a week after being traded to Montreal by the Thrashers, newly-acquired blue-liner Brent Sopel also knows who he has to thank for helping him beat his former team in his old NHL home.
“Carey came up big for us tonight. We left him hanging a few times but he made some crucial saves,” praised the 2010 Stanley Cup champ. “Whenever you have a great goalie behind you, it makes your job that much easier.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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