MONTREAL – Third time’s a charm… just like the first two for Carey Price
, winner of his third-straight canadiens.com Play of the Year.
This season’s Play of the Year bracket kicked off with 32 spectacular plays set to battle it out for the title – and just like in 2008-09 and 2009-10, reigning-champ Carey Price
topped them all again for the third consecutive year. The last non-Price Canadien to snag the title was forward Andrei Kostitsyn back in 2007-08.
This most recent honour caps off a truly incredible season for the 23-year-old netminder – a season that saw him wow fans with a slew of show-stopping saves – none better than his leaping glove-save on Chad LaRose.
After crushing every play in his way in the first two rounds of action, Price eventually found him self up against another fan favourite in P.K. Subban
. Price’s save went on to beat out Subban in two different contests to earning its way into the finals where he squared off one more time against his triple low-five partner for the grand prize.
A huge number of votes were cast by Habs fans trying and tip the scales for their favourite play, but at the end of the day Carey Price
emerged as the winner pulling down 57,4% of the vote. Despite walking away with silver, rookie P.K. Subban
provided some of the contest’s best highlight-reel material, popping up four times in the quarterfinals alone before also appearing in the final, courtesy of his bone-crunching hit on Brad Marchand.
After playing the best year of his career, count on Price to be already hard at work getting himself mentally and physically prepped to come back stronger than ever and give fans even more to cheer about in 2011-12. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane. SEE ALSOThe complete bracketThe Big Three No pressure