Bulldogs ready to pay the Price
Carey Price has turned aside 56 of the 59 shots he faced in two games with the Bulldogs so far.
MONTREAL - After leading Team Canada to gold over the holidays at the World Junior Hockey Championship, red-hot Habs prospect Carey Price will now look to do the same for the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL playoffs.
With his four-year junior career with the Tri-City Americans ending after a first-round playoff elimination at the hands of the Seattle Thunderbirds, a phone call from the Canadiens extended his hockey season. Price's pads were still damp when he signed the dotted line of his first pro contract, a three-year deal with the Canadiens finalized last Tuesday.
The ink still fresh on his contract, Price's whirlwind season took another turn this past weekend. The 19-year-old sparkled in his professional debut with the Bulldogs, making 27 saves in a 3-1 win over Grand Rapids. He earned the game's first star that night before being the third star in a 2-1 loss to Rochester on Sunday.
While his junior days are over, Price left his mark on his Western Hockey League club.
The Williams Lake, BC native did after all backstop the Americans to a franchise-best 47-23-1-1 record this season, the top total since Daymond Langkow, former Habs pick Terry Ryan and goalie Brian Boucher paced Tri-City to a 45-25-2 mark in 1995-96.
In addition to helping the Americans make history, Price wrote his own name into the club record book with 83 career wins, 16 more than Tyler Weiman's previous mark.
As for what Price has in store now that his puck-stopping journey has landed him in Hamilton, visions of Bulldogs' longevity records are hardly dancing in his head these days. His eventual stall in the Canadiens' dressing room, however, is a different story.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com