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Carey Price’s New Mask

Carey Price's New MaskCarey Price has had a great new mask designed for him by David Arrigo, replacing the country music legends featured on his old mask with great depictions of Ken Dryden and Gump Worsley. The sides are marked by what appear to be numbers of the valued Canadiens defensemen over the years with an apparent shout-out to close friend Josh Gorges via the number 26.

The mask is great looking and attached is a humourous side-story: instead of Ken Dryden, the mask was meant to feature Jacque Plante but a miscommunication during the ordering process stymied that. Price is reportedly still more than happy with the results.

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With the Priceberg back in his red Vaughn Velocity pads he’ll be looking sharper than ever – let’s hope that translate into great play as well!

Habs’ 100th Season Ends

Golf, anyone?An eighth straight loss overall and fourth straight in the playoffs to the Boston Bruins saw the Montreal Canadiens eliminated in what turned out to be a very tough game to watch. Andrei Kostitsyn notched his first of the playoffs only 39 seconds in to the game, giving me and every Habs’ fan in the building and watching from home a breath of hope that maybe, just maybe, we could pull it off. The Bruins replied with two goals before the end of the period and another two in the second to take Montreal down 4-1, ending their season.

The game’s highlights ranged from predictably soft play on the part of most of the team to several shows of disappointment towards the team in general. The crowd took to chanting “Carey, Carey” after Price let in the fourth goal and offered him a sarcastic cheer when he stopped a 90′ shot, prompting him to raise his arms to the crowd in a mock show of gratitude and leaving everyone wondering just how well the 21-year-old will hold up over the summer. Things progressed steadily, culminating in some of the Bell Centre crowd treating Les Boys to random garbage thrown on the ice before finally offering a short ovation as they made their way off the ice.

All in all, not exactly a fitting end to what was expected (or at least hoped) to be a much more productive season in the team’s 100th year. I’ll be posting two pieces over the next few days, the first detailing the sour season itself and the second looking ahead at what needs to be done to get the club back on track for 2009-2010.

In the meantime, keep believing – thrown refuse and rattling a young goaltender in his final loss of the season can be great fun (and let’s face it, “classy” or not, the boys get paid more then enough to buy themselves something nice today and forget all about it) but at the end of the day, these guys currently represent our team and we owe ourselves better then to fume and hate. A new season approaches and we all know this will be a busy off-season for the Habs.

Go Habs Go!

Price Practices, Denis Goes to Hamilton

Carey PriceJesus Price will return to the bench at the very least for tomorrow’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers as the Canadiens sent backup Marc Denis back to the Hamilton Bulldogs, opening Price’s number position and pushing Halak to backup.

Depending on exactly how Price is feeling we may see Halak in net against Atlanta with Price on the bench and then a reversal for the game the next day in New Jersey.

Despite the winning record during his absence, Jaroslav Halak has been spotty for most games, allowing 3+ goals per game ands till nabbing the wins with the suddenly high-scoring Habs in front of him. Maybe all of these 5-4 victories will start turning into 5-1 victories with Price back in?

Carey Price Graces ESPN Magazine Cover

Carey Price on The ESPN MagazineThe next copy of The ESPN Magazine, set for release on January 26th, will feature none other than Jesus Price on the cover. Dubbed “The Loneliest Man in Sports”, Price appears in very slick looking retro gear in a photo shot at the Habs’ practice facility in Brossard. From the magazine:

 

Pressure is part of the package with playing for the Glorious Ones. The Canadiens – arguably one of most storied franchises in all of sports, are celebrating their centennial season, hosting the 57th NHL All-Star Game and have the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference – expectations for the Stanley Cup are at a high.

 

But it’s harder to stay calm and play in a town that regards a Stanley Cup as practically a civic right. Failure to deliver on the ultimate prize can leave scars – and bitter memories. That’s why Price’s quietness and composure may be his best assets and traits to help him survive the heat in Montreal’s crease.

 

Carey Price Close to Returning

Carey PriceCarey Price told the media during practice today in Brossard that he is nearing 100% and expects to play at least one of the games next week; he spent about 45 minutes on the ice today. Price did confirm that he won’t be traveling to Ottawa with the team for Saturday’s game so we know that Halak will get the start there.

While I think this is a good time to point out that, despite his shaky start, Halak performed quite admirably at times during this stint as starter, I can’t wait to see number 31 between the pipes next week!

Price Named NHL Rookie of the Month

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who backstopped the team to its first division title since 1992, posting a 7-3-0 record, 2.67 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.

Price edged Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner (6-9–15 in 15 games), Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (5-9–14 in 14 games), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (4-10–14 in 15 games) and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Eric Ersberg (5-4-2, 2.31 goals-against average, .932 save percentage, two shutouts) for the award.

Price allowed two or fewer goals in five of his 10 starts including a 4-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils on Mar. 11. In 39 appearances this season Price has posted a record of 22-12-3, a 2.64 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and three shutouts.

Montreal’s first choice and the fifth overall selection at the 2005 Entry Draft, Price led the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs to the Calder Cup Championship in 2007 capturing the MVP Award for the playoffs. The 6-3, 212-lb. Vancouver, British Columbia native backstopped Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2006, winning a gold medal.

Price joins previous 2007-08 Rookie of the Month winners Kane (October), Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom (November), Backstrom (December), Phoenix Coyotes center Peter Mueller (January) and Gagner (February).

That’s All, Folks

The deadline has come and gone and the Canadiens have officially confirmed that they will complete only one move today, the deal that saw Huet go to the Caps for a 2nd round draft pick in 2009. I’m disapointed about Hossa going to Pittsburgh but glad at the same time that we didn’t overpay for a rental. I’m a little confused by the Huet deal; we put 20 year old Price is as our number one while trading Huet for nothing better than a bag of pucks? Let’s hope Price is able to come up big and Halak is solid behind him.

So, no impact player (no player at all, I guess) and one less goaltender. I’m a little bummed but I’m looking forward to seeing what Carey Price does with his newfound number one status. For all the Habs fans hoping for a blockbuster: don’t lose faith! We have a strong team with some excellent talent and we currently sit only four points out of first place in the Eastern Conference – we don’t need Hossa!

Carey Price Loses First Start

Carey Price made his first start since being recalled from Hamilton on Tuesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, losing the game 4-2. Habs fans everywhere were hoping for a huge performance by Price and the question is: despite the loss, did Price play well?

The answer is yes, he did play well. Two of the goals against Price were nearly unstoppable and the one shot from the slot that beat him was fair; not what I would call a soft goal. It will be interesting to see how he plays in his next start given the shake he suffered to his confidence following a few rough losses in December.

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