BROSSARD -- Here’s what the Canadiens’ goalies had to say about the 2009-10 season that was before packing up their gear and heading home for the summer:
Maxin’ and relaxin’:
The masked man who will likely haunt the dreams of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin this offseason, Jaroslav Halak will finally get a chance to catch up on his R&R this week. Following a breakout postseason debut that saw the Slovak netminder stop 519 shots to lead Montreal to an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993, Halak was looking forward to taking some time to get away from it all.
“I’m just a regular guy. I’m like any other goalie. I just try to work hard,” offered the humble 25-year-old before cracking a smile and adding: “I’m not a superhero or a God or whatever else; I just am who I am. Now, I’m going to take the next few weeks to take a break…from the media!”
Carey’s got their backs:
Despite taking in the majority of his team’s playoff games perched on a stool in his Habs cap instead of between the pipes, Carey Price
was far from a passive bystander throughout the Canadiens’ surprising postseason run. The 22-year-old spent this springtime doing whatever he could to help the Canadiens be successful, even if he wasn’t doing it from the comfort of his crease.
“If I wasn’t going to succeed, it wasn’t going to be for a lack of effort,” explained Price, who had just one start and came in to relieve Halak on three other occasions during the playoffs. “I decided that I was going to make sure that message came through loud and clear to the guys. Whether it was by telling them or showing them, all I could do to help the team be successful was to make sure it was really hard to score on me in practice so that when it came time for the game it would be easier for them.”
Enjoying the view
The ride ends here
They said it: Forwards
They said it: Defensemen