In good company
Posting his eighth shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon, Price became just the eighth netminder in Montreal Canadiens history to accomplish the feat – and the first since Hall-of-Famer Ken Dryden in 1976-77.
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Brushing off individual accolades as often as he’s kicked aside opposing shots this season, the All-Star netminder wasn’t interested in taking credit for any of the 26 shots he stopped on Saturday afternoon.
“Our guys did a good job keeping them to the outside and battling in front to clear rebounds. Anything I left out, the guys were there; I didn’t have to do a lot,” lauded Price. “Everybody came back through the middle and backchecked really hard. I thought we played Exhibit A road game-type hockey.
“We played exactly the way we prepared ourselves to,” added the game’s first star. “I thought our guys came with a good level of focus today; everyone was loose but focused. We got the result we all prepared for.”
Price may not have been willing to bask in the spotlight after earning his league-leading 33rd win of the campaign, but his teammates weren’t about to let him get off that easily.
“Carey’s been a huge part of a lot of our wins lately and we need him. We try to support him as much as we can, but he’s been great,” shared Habs blue-liner Hal Gill. “He’s worked hard for those [shutouts] and we haven’t given him anything too easy. He’s definitely earned those.”
Having played in front of future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur for 7 seasons in New Jersey, Scott Gomez has seen his share of spectacular play between the pipes, but even he’s been impressed by his 23-year-old netminder.
“People don’t expect it from him but they shouldn’t be surprised. He’s one of the best in the league and there’s a reason for that,” emphasized the 31-year-old center. “It’s not a shock to us. You watch him every day in practice and you see that he’s mature beyond his years.
“Even if he has a bad game, he shakes it off. He doesn’t really let much bother him. He’s set the bar really high and that’s what we expect,” he added. “Carey’s in a world class and every game we go into we know that department is taken care of. Being on a team it’s important to have that much confidence in your goaltender; Pricer’s been great, but we expect that every time he touches the ice.”
Price may still have a ways to go to beat George Hainsworth’s NHL-record 22-shutout season set in 1928-29, but the 23-year-old netminder has plenty of time to catch up.
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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