Carey Price is now the winningest goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history.
Thanks to a 20-save performance on Tuesday as the Habs knocked off the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-1 dance, Price set a new Montreal record with 315 wins. That put him one past Jacques Plante’s 314 wins, a record that’s stood since 1963.
The victory wasn’t an easy one for Price and it perhaps should have been, what with the ill-fated Red Wings at the other end of the ice.
But the Habs didn’t exactly fuel an offensive exhibition, putting up just two goals before Max Domi finished it off with an empty-netter.
Funnily enough, Montreal outshot the Red Wings 36-21. But the Motor City maniacs managed more than a few breakaways on Price, who had to flash his stuff and prove why he belongs in the record books. Again.
The Canadiens needed the Tuesday win in order to stay locked with Columbus to snag that wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets still have the edge on the slot, as they lead Montreal in regulation and overtime wins. If it comes down to a draw, as it likely could, the Ohioans will get in and the Canadiens will get out.
Not that any of this should temper Price’s entry into Montreal history. And not that this should get in the way of the not-shocking revelation that Detroit has officially been eliminated from the playoffs.
But if we’re being honest, we’ll admit that Price is often THE reason behind Montreal’s success. From his junior career with Tri-City to his extensive tenure on the Habs, he’s always risen to the occasion.
And Price has already been the holder of a few franchise records, including most games played and most games played in a single season. The latter was set when he put in a monstrous 72 games in 2010-2011. He also snagged the most wins in a single season in 2014-2015, but he’s got George Hainsworth to top when it comes to Montreal shutouts.
For now, maybe it’s okay to enjoy Price’s accomplishments. Tomorrow, however, it’s time to get back to work and back to remembering exactly how hard the Habs have made it on their all-star goaltender.
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