Carey Price surrendered three goals on 24 shots in Team Canada’s 4-2 loss to Team USA on Friday night in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey pretournament opener for both squads at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.
It marked Price’s first appearance between the pipes since November 25, 2015, when the Canadiens’ starter went down with an MCL sprain in his right knee.
He remained in goal throughout the entire game in his return to active duty.
Zach Parise, Patrick Kane and Joe Pavelski managed to beat Price to give Team USA a 3-1 advantage through two periods, before Derek Stepan added the final tally for the Americans into an empty net with 1:21 remaining in regulation time.
Patrice Bergeron and Drew Doughty scored for Team Canada, as American starter Jonathan Quick and fellow netminder Ben Bishop both proved tough to solve in combining for a 41-save victory.
For their part, both Max Pacioretty and Shea Weber were held off the scoresheet. Weber did, however, chip in with three hits for Team Canada while logging just over 20 minutes of ice time.
The two clubs will meet again on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.