MONTREAL - Goaltender Carey Price is the Montreal Canadiens' Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season. He wins the award for the eighth time in his career. He was also named the winner of the March-April segment, his second monthly award this season after first taking it in January 2019.
The Anahim Lake, BC native finished the season ahead of teammates Max Domi and Tomas Tatar in the Molson Cup standings.
In 66 games this season, Price has a 35-24-6 record, with a 2.49 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. He leads league netminders in minutes played (3880:15). He ranks second in games played and saves (1,791). The 31-year-old goaltender also ranks fourth in wins (tied with M. Jones and M.-A. Fleury). Price played his 600th career NHL game on February 9 against Toronto. He became the winningest goaltender in team history, leap-frogging Jacques Plante with his 315th career win on March 12 versus Detroit.
Price earned the Molson Cup for the final segment of the season, finishing ahead of Joel Armia and Jordan Weal. In 16 games in March and April, he posted a 9-6-1 record, with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. In that span, Price ranked second among NHL goaltenders in wins (tied with J. Gibson). He earned his fourth shutout of the season, stopping the 28 shots he faced on March 21 against the New York Islanders.
In 2018-19, the Molson Cup scoring system awards three points for a first star selection, two points for a second star selection and a single point for a third star selection.
2018-19 Molson Cup Standings
|Player ||# Star Selections ||1* ||2* ||3* ||Points |
|Carey Price ||22 ||9 ||7 ||6 ||47 |
|Max Domi ||13 ||4 ||9 ||0 ||30 |
|Tomas Tatar ||14 ||4 ||7 ||3 ||29 |