MONTREAL – If you’ve written to Carey Price
in the last while and haven’t gotten a response, don’t take it personally – he’s got a lot on his plate at the moment.
With only 14 games to go on the Canadiens’ regular season calendar, the elite 23-year-old netminder has already seen a ton of rubber get hurled his way since the 2010-11 season began. With 60 games already under his belt, representing a League high among goaltenders, Price will be looking ahead to some of his toughest and most important work of the season as the playoff race comes down to the wire.
As it stands, Habs’ head-coach Jacques Martin will only have to give his All-Star goalie ten more starts before the end of the season for Price to become just the third goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history to reach the 70-game milestone over the course of a single season. He would follow in the footsteps of Gerry McNeil who accomplished the feat twice in the 1950s and his successor, Jacques Plante.
Already on his way towards setting a new team record, Price, after manning the crease for his 194th regular season game Thursday night in St. Louis, is on pace to play the 200th regular season game of his young career with the Habs before the year is out. He would become only the sixth goaltender in NHL history to reach that plateau before the age of 24, elevating him alongside the likes of Harry Lumley, Tom Barrasso, Grant Fuhr, Terry Sawchuk and former Hab, Jocelyn Thibault.
Good company for the young phenom to find himself in, wouldn’t you say?Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.ALSO READ:Looking for a spark Letter from Geoff Molson to Canadiens fans Old stomping grounds Wanting more