I’m not saying the loss was entirely Carey Price’s fault. Of course it wasn’t. There are a few other Habs who could easily step up to accept responsibility for this 4-2 loss in game one to the Senators.
Michael Ryder for one. Was he dressed for tonight’s game? Max Pacioretty once again showed his reluctance to get his hands dirty, to get into Craig Anderson’s face. Markov, Diaz, Desharnais. All pretty unimpressive.
But the goalie is your key man. He’s your pitcher. Your quarterback. You don’t win the Cup without a great goalie. You don’t win many series without a great goalie. And Price was not great in game one. He wasn’t terrible. He was just middling. As usual.
He made some great saves late in the third – when the game was already out of reach. Michel Bergeron just said it on L’Antichambre and for once I agree with Le Tigre – ‘Il donne le mauvais but au mauvais moment!’
If Anderson outplays Price like this every night, this is going to be one short series. Fifty shots on net and the Habs lost.
“Anderson was the story of the game,” said kindly ol’ coach Michel Therrien.
I’m tired of people not willing to tell the truth about Price. He wasn’t good enough tonight.
I think we can all agree that Arpon Basu from nhl.com is one of our best hockey reporters so check out what he had to say about the game:
“At the other end of the ice, Montreal goaltender Carey Price gave up two goals he should have stopped in the opening 5:20 of the third period, turning a 2-1 Canadiens lead into a 3-2 deficit and seriously deflating a team that had been dominant to that point.
“Senators rookie Jakob Silfverberg scored his first career playoff goal at 3:27 of the third on a long slap shot that beat an unscreened Price through the legs to tie the game 2-2. Marc Methot followed with a slap shot from the blue line that Price attempted to glove but instead deflected behind him into the net at 5:20 to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead.”
Price stops those pucks and it’s an overtime game. Why blindly defend Price?
Therrien was asked to sum up Price’s play and he didn’t mince his words: “I would say Anderson was better than him.”
I agree. So take a stand. Get beyond the thoroughbred b.s. of the Gainey & Gauthier regime. Start Budaj and see what happens.