Carey Price’s Bad Day At The Office
After back-to-back disappointing performances from starting goalie Jaroslav Halak, the Montreal Canadiens turned to back-up Carey Price in an attempt to salvage their hopes of an upset over the top-seeded Washington Capitals. After a strong start to his NHL career, Price has fallen on hard times and has been targeted by the Montreal media for his partying habits during the season. This was his opportunity to erase all of those bad memories and make a statement that he the answer for the Habs between the pipes.
Unfortunately, things did not work out in such a storybook fashion for Carey. He was lit up for four goals, and his growing frustration became evident during the final minutes of the Canadiens 6-3 loss to the Caps in game four of their best-of-seven series.
Following Jason Chimera’s goal, which made it a 4-2 game, Price shot the puck at the Caps players as they celebrated in the corner. That would earn him a 2-minute unsportsmanlike penalty, but he was not done there. With only 11 seconds remaining in the game, and Price on the bench for an extra attacker, Nicklas Backstrom potted an empty net goal, and was treated to a two-handed slash from the Habs’ disgruntled keeper from the bench. Once again, Price received another 2-minute unsportsmanlike penalty.
So the frustration continues to mount for both Price and the Montreal fans. With the team down 3-1 in the series, they will once again have to decide whether another goalie change is necessary. When questioned about his actions, Price simply responded by saying, “It’s not a good move, but you let them know that your there.”
Good thing Carey took the opportunity this time to let the Caps know “he was there,” because he (and his Habs) likely wont “be there” for long.
Here’s an idea. Why not assert your presence by stopping some pucks next time?