COLUMBUS – Carey Price surrendered four goals on 16 shots at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, but Team Foligno ultimately dropped a 17-12 decision to Team Toews at Nationwide Arena on Sunday night.
Ryan Getzlaf (ANA), Jakub Voracek (PHI), Patrice Bergeron (BOS) and John Tavares (NYI) all managed to beat the Canadiens netminder during his time between the pipes in the first period, but the four-time All-Star was anything but disappointed in his performance.
“I only let in four goals. I’m fairly happy with that,” offered Price, who will return to Montreal on Monday morning before the Habs resume play on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars at the Bell Centre. “It is what it is. You’re just out there trying to mix in a couple of saves. There’s no pressure on us, so you’re just out there enjoying yourself.”
Price certainly did that over the last three days, mingling with some of the league’s top stars during the Fantasy Draft, Skills Competition, and especially over the course of Sunday night’s tilt, too.
“I had a lot of fun here,” mentioned Price. “I think Columbus did a great job of supporting this event. They were awesome hosts.”
Now, the 27-year-old is ready to get back to the business of the NHL regular season with 37 games remaining before the start of postseason play.
“It’s the push towards the playoffs. Our goal is to get to the dance,” stressed Price, who is currently in the Top 5 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average among all NHL goaltenders. “We just have to be consistent from here to the end of the year to do that.”
Team Foligno forward Ryan Johansen of the Columbus Blue Jackets took home NHL All-Star Game MVP honours, registering two goals and four points in front of the hometown fans. Voracek, however, led all players with six points on the night for Team Toews, while Tavares lit the lamp four times for Toews’ contingent as well.
Interestingly enough, Sunday night’s game was also the highest scoring contest in NHL All-Star Game history, surpassing the old record of 26 goals scored in North American’s 14-12 victory over the World squad in 2001 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Team Toews' 17 goals were also the most ever scored by one team in an NHL All-Star Game, one more than the Prince of Wales Conference's total in a 16-6 win over the Clarence Campbell Conference in 1993 in Montreal.
Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for canadiens.com.
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