USATSI_8436755_154158418_lowres“He’s arguably been the best player in the league in helping his team to where they are at this point,” Steven Stamkos says of Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens. “They’re a solid team. They play structured. But their goalie made some big saves.”

It seems that everyone these days is talking about the Habs’ netminder – and for good reason. Price is certainly in the conversation when it comes to the Hart Trophy and is certainly the best player on the Canadiens.

On Tuesday night, he was at it again as Montreal faced Stamkos’ Lightning. Tampa pulled off the 1-0 win in overtime, but it was Price who carried the day despite not getting the two points. He made 35 saves before a pass skidded off the skate of Tom Gilbert and slipped into the Canadiens’ net.

That goal not only won the game for Tampa, it was the first goal Price allowed in 150 minutes of play. The last goal came last Wednesday when the Canadiens took down the Anaheim Ducks by a final of 3-1. Rickard Rakell had the lone marker for the opposition.

Throughout the season, Price has been earning accolades and praise from his opponents and his supporters. Only the most disgruntled, cynical sports fans ignore the accomplishments of a player on a run like this.

“Thank God I’m on his side, that’s for sure,” said centre Torrey Mitchell. “I mean, he’s something else.”

In Price’s past 31 starts, he has allowed more than two goals just three times. His save percentage on the year is .937 and his goals against average is a dangerous 1.87. He’s 37-13-4.

The Habs have their issues – they’ll have to tighten up defensively, for one – but for now Price has given them a chance to win every single game and he’s given himself a real good look at the Hart Trophy. Now it’s up to the rest of the team to return the favour.

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