MONTREAL -- Carey Price
has successfully defended his Play of the Year crown.
Just like a year ago, Price was the last Hab standing when the canadiens.com Play of the Year tournament drew to a close.
On the strength of his epic save against Eric Boulton of the Thrashers on Dec. 12, Price becomes the first player to win back-to-back titles.
His road to glory began with a 67,4% effort over Tomas Plekanec
in the opening round. Then it was buddy Josh Gorges
' turn to bow down to Carey followed by Michael Cammalleri in Round 3.
Price earned his berth in the championship final by grabbing 58.8% of the votes of Dominic Moore and his series-clinching goal against the Capitals.
The fact Pricer and Cammy met up in the final should come as no surprise. The high-scoring winger and star goalie did after all boast a tournament-high seven and six entries respectively when the tourney began.
Despite the stiff competition from Cammalleri's baseball swing goal against the Penguins in the playoffs, Price came away with a 58%-42% triumph.
Less than one week removed from receiving the ultimate vote of confidence from his GM, Price emerged as Play of the Year champion as he looks to three-peat next season. See also:Play our "Pick the pick" game Season review – Mathieu Darche Voice of the fans - End of season results