MONTREAL – After ending the preseason with a hard-fought come-from-behind win, Carey Price is ready to get down to business.
After shutting the door and making 29 saves on Saturday night, the All-Star netminder couldn’t wait to pass the credit around the winner’s locker room.
“We remained in the game after they got two quick ones but the guys really worked hard and kept fighting,” explained Price of the 3-2 comeback win. “It’s never fun to give up a goal, but at least when they’re good goals you can look back and break down what happened and learn from them.
“The big thing was that our guys played hard and battled in front of the net. We need to stick together as a group and we did that tonight,” continued the 22-year-old, who will hit the road with his teammates for a three-day team building retreat tomorrow. “I felt good out there but it was really the guys who were keeping the pucks away from me. I could just focus on making the first save.”
With the preseason in the books and the Habs set to open the regular schedule in Toronto against the Leafs on October 1, Price is looking ahead at putting some of his offseason lessons to good use.
“I’m not really doing anything different, just working hard and staying focused. If it’s 2-0, it’s not going to get better if you start pouting – it will only get worse,” warned Price. “Things like that can snowball if you let them and this year I’m just working on keeping focused.”