By Jeff Newman: The Montreal Canadians got strong play from goal tender Carey Price to defeat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night 5-3 in Montreal, Canada. Price stopped 49 shots in giving up 3 goals in helping the Canadians get an important victory.
The victory was the 9th in a row for the Canadians, who seem like they can do no wrong at this point in the season. One of the reasons for that is because of the excellent goal tending that they’re getting from Price.
He’s shutting down every team that the Canadians play and that obviously helps out. If the Canadians can win their next game, they’ll tie the NHL record set by Toronto way back in 1993. Buffalo also shares the record from 2006.
”You have to give (the Leafs) credit, they came out hard,” said Canadians defenseman P.K. Subban via Yahoo Sports. ”They knew we’d be a bit tired and they pushed the pace. They did exactly what any team would want to do, but we’ve got Carey Price in net and he gave us an opportunity to win the game.”
Price’s play reminds me a lot of how Montreal had Ken Dryden in the net back in the 1970s, and he was able to shut down a lot of the opposing teams from scoring on him. Dryden had the size and the athleticism to make it extremely difficult to score on him.
The Canadians got goals from Subban, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher.
”Our goal is not to break records, it’s to win a Stanley Cup,” said Subban. ”I think we’ll save the champagne or whatever anyone expects us to do for another day.”
Price got lucky though because there were a number of shots that could have scored, as they bounced off the goalpost.