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The Gatekeeper

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Records are made to be broken. Carey Price took that adage to heart last year.

Wins, goals-against average, save percentage, shutouts...there weren’t many goaltending categories in which Price didn’t finish the year among the league’s leaders in 2010-11. His career-high 38 wins were even enough to vault the 23-year-old All-Star to the top of the NHL’s leaderboard alongside veteran Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo.

Carey Price flashes a highlight-reel save
A workhorse for the Habs all season, Price was between the pipes for an incredible 72 games last year, setting a franchise record on April 5, 2011 when he broke the 70-game benchmark previously set by Gerry McNeil and Jacques Plante over 40 years ago.

The veteran poise Price displayed in his fourth pro campaign was even more impressive considering where he had finished off just one season earlier. Despite being relegated to back-up status in the 2010 playoffs after a disappointing season, the unflappable netminder bounced back in a big way a year later, being named to the All-Star Game and winning the Molson Cup for his consistent performance throughout 2010-11.  

With 22 Saturday games lined up for the 2011-12 season, Price has even more to look forward to next year, coming off a season that saw him post wins in 79% of his Saturday outings.

He may see his load lightened in the coming campaign with Peter Budaj penciled in as the team’s No.2 goalie in 2011-12, but Price knows it’s not about how many games you play but how you play them. If that’s the case, there are a few more milestones in the Canadiens record books that just might be in danger next year.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis.

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