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Price gets the nod

Friday, 15.02.2008 / 3:59 PM / News
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Price gets the nod
Carey Price
MONTREAL -- Things can move pretty quickly in the NHL. Just ask Carey Price.

Two weeks after being called up from Hamilton, the 20-year-old rookie is gearing up to make his second straight start.

In a must-win game for the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Florida, Price turned in one of the strongest performances of his young career. With 35 saves against the Panthers, including a huge breakaway stop of Nathan Horton in the third period with the score tied 1-1, Price proved he had gotten his groove back.

“It was just what I needed to regain my confidence,” said Price, before confirming he was getting the start against the Flyers on Saturday night.

It will be Price’s second crack at a Philly lineup which includes Daniel Briere, Mike Richards and Joffrey Lupul, after making 35 saves in a 4-1 win over the Flyers on Dec. 13.

“Every game is different. I guess we’ll see how it goes on Saturday,” said Price, whose win against the Panthers was his first in almost two months. “At this point in the season, the entire team needs to be playing well, defensemen, forwards and of course, the goalies.”

With a win on Saturday, Price would tie Mike Smith of the Stars and the Wild’s Josh Harding for the rookie lead with 11 wins.

Head coach Carbonneau knew it was only a matter of time before his young goalie rediscovered his touch.

“In the first period, Carey looked a little nervous to me, but as the game went on he looked more and more confident,” said Carbonneau. “He was very solid early in the season and then began to slip a little. He’s a big goalie who doesn’t need to move all that much. He only has to stick to his style.”

Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com