MONTREAL -- After being awarded the Molson Cup for the 2019-20 season on Thursday, Carey Price fielded questions from the media via conference call.
Read an abridged transcript of the call below, which has been edited for clarity.
Question from Martin McGuire, Cogeco Media
With the exception of Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and yourself, many of your teammates do not have playoff experience. How can your team surprise Pittsburgh?
I'm sure most of my teammates have played playoff hockey in some form or another. You don't get to the NHL without having won something at some level. I think our players can draw off of those types of experiences, and look to guys like Shea, Gally and I for leadership in those types of intense situations.
Question from Eric Engels, Sportsnet
If you could pick one reason why you believe that you could win the Stanley Cup after the season you guys went through, what would that reason be?
I would say that we're fresh. I think that our preparation over the next month will be paramount. It's the old adage, "Anything can happen." I know we're a pretty underrated team. We're a very streaky team. We have proven that we can get really hot, and that's what it's all about in the playoffs.
Question from Arpon Basu, The Athletic
Have you observed any improvement in the inclusiveness of hockey when it comes to indigenous players participating?
It's hard for me to say because I feel like a lot of these inclusions and exclusions happen at a young age, and I haven't been young in hockey for a long time. But I would say that in general, yes. It's hard for me to say at a grass roots level, because I haven't been there for so long. But I did have a lot of fun in native tournaments when I was a kid, so I have a lot of fond memories in that regard.
Question from Pat Hickey, Montreal Gazette
There have been several articles written suggesting that you guys would have a chance because you're in nets -- how do you feel when you hear that sort of thing?
It's motivating, without a doubt. Like I said earlier, it's a great opportunity if we get to play, and for me to come into a playoff scenario well rested -- that's been well documented. I'm just trying to prepare myself as well as possible for any situation. I'm still in Kennewick [Washington]. I've had some access to a facility which I'm in right now. I've been able to use their gym and there's a practice sheet next door, so I've been able to skate a bit. No shooters, so that makes it challenging, but it has been nice to be able to get on the ice and skate a little bit.
Question from Sebastien Auger, Radio-Canada
What's the main challenge in facing the Penguins in the qualifying round?
Trying to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins is an enormous challenge. Winning the Stanley Cup is an enormous challenge. I don't think anybody knows this better than the Pittsburgh Penguins, but I have no doubt that my teammates and I are looking forward to a challenge.