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Price earns Molson Cup

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL --  Goaltender Carey Price is the Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season. He succeeds forward Alex Kovalev who earned the honor last season.

Born in British Columbia Price ended the season with 53 points in the Molson Cup standings following a first-star selection in the last regular season game on Saturday against Pittsburgh. Price who had seven (7) first-star selections, five (5) second-star selections and three (3) third star selections finished the season on top of the standings ahead of teammates Alex Kovalev (44 points) and Andrei Markov (37 points). Price, the Canadiens’ Player-of-the-Month in November, ranked second for the March-April segment with a monthly harvest of 21 points, one less than segment winner Alex Kovalev (22 points).

Price played in 52 regular season games in 2008-09. He posted a record of 23 wins, 16 losses and 10 overtime/shootout losses with a 2.82 goals-against-average and a .905% save percentage. The starting goaltender for the Eastern Conference at the NHL All-Star Game presented in Montreal on January 25, Price stopped two of the three penalty shots he faced this season. He also recorded 22 saves on 35 shots in the shootout, the 5th highest number amongst NHL goaltenders in 2008-2009.

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