MONTREAL – On the night Carey Price
accepted the Molson Cup for his performance last month, the Habs’ netminder got busy making his case for November.
After being pulled in a 7-1 loss in Vancouver last year, Price wasn’t taking any chances when his hometown team came to visit this time around. The 23-year-old Anahim Lake, BC native didn’t just send his former favorite team packing with a loss – he also made sure the Canucks had no reason to celebrate throughout the 60 minutes.
“After last year I was pretty bitter. It was obviously lingering in the back of my mind and I didn’t want to have that happen again,” explained Price, who kicked aside all 33 shots he faced to earn his second shutout of the season. “This year is a different year and I really wanted to win this one and I think our guys knew it. I wanted to share it with everyone else in the building.”
Earning first-star honors for the second time of the campaign, the fourth-year netminder had no intention of taking all the credit for the win.
“My guys were helping me see the puck. They did a really good job of boxing out tonight and they did everything they could to help me,” emphasized Price, who also helped the Canadiens’ penalty kill snuff out all four Vancouver opportunities on the night. “Everything I left out, they took care of.”
Always willing to pay back the favor, Price even tried to chip in with some offense in the dying moments of the 2-0 game.
“They had a couple of guys back and we only had a couple seconds left so I figured I might get a bounce or something, but no dice,” laughed Price, who launched a hail mary shot out of the zone in search of the empty Vancouver net. “I think if there was nobody there, it might have had a chance.” Josh Gorges
isn’t so sure about that.
“I was yelling at him to go for it – he had a clear lane. He kinda muffed it though; he didn’t get all of it. I thought he was stronger than that but I guess not,” joked Gorges.
Price may not have found his way onto the scoresheet against the Canucks, but fellow B.C. native Gorges knew just how special the game was for his longtime friend.
“I think it’s huge. The shutout is the cherry on top but the win is big,” described Gorges. “We’ve had a few tough games against them, especially in their building and for him to come in and get the win and play the way he did is a big one.”
Despite his inspired play of late, Price insists there’s no secret formula for the success he’s having this season.
“I just try to do everything the right way out there and be fundamentally sound,” he shrugged. “When you do that, some nights everything comes together perfectly.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.SEE ALSO
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