Apr 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) on the bench during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre. Price did not start the 3rd period after allowing 6 goals in the first two periods. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Carey Price: Has the Pressure Gotten to Him?


It seems as though the Montreal Canadiens rock of a goalie has fallen apart in the last couple of games (as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan this brings me joy). In his last 2 games Carey Price has been pulled and Peter Budaj has taken his place. In Saturday’s game against Toronto he was pulled in the first period after allowing 3 goals on 4 shots. In last night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers he did somewhat better, he wasn’t pulled until the third period after allowing 6 goals on 29 shots. Before these two games people were saying he would be nominated for the Vezina Trophy. He was also on EA sports Hockey Ultimate Team of the Year. His performance over his past two games have not been reflective of that at all.

It is possible to chalk this up to a bad couple nights for Price but the look on his face as he sat on the bench during the Leafs game has me thinking otherwise. Price looked like a broken man. His confidence has been shaken and there is no telling when or if he will snap back to normal.

The other question in all of this is what prompted the lapse that allowed 3 goals on 4 shots? Could it be that the pressure of the word Vezina is weighing down on him? Was it just an off night that caused a loss in confidence? No matter which way you look at it the timing couldn’t be worse. The season is nearing an end and even though the Canadiens have clinched a playoff spot losing momentum before you even get there does not bode well for the Canadiens cup run. They are back in action tomorrow night so we will see if Price gets the start and if he does, what he will do with it.

What do you think? Will Price bounce back from this in time for the playoffs? Share your thoughts in the comment box below, on facebook, twitter (@kcapp22 or @TMMotS), or by email ([email protected]).

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  • Patrick Helper

    Once you are tagged as the “next” Patrick Roy you are going to fall short. There was no way he could live up to the hype. Everything is magnified.

  • Pridenpoise

    Leave it to a leaf fan to read to much in to a guy having a couple of bad nights. If I was you I would worry about the fact the leafs haven’t won anything since, I believe 1962.

    • Katrina Capp

      1967 and he let in 3 goals on 4 shots against the Leafs that’s a little more than a bad night.

      • Pridenpoise

        No three goals on four shots in one game is exactly what it is a bad night. Worry about the leafs and their problems, not the Habs and the amazing season they are having after all the so called experts predicted them to not even make the playoffs. Price will be fine and so will Montreal, can u say the same for the leafs.

        • Katrina Capp

          It would be just a bad night if they hadn’t lost 7-3 to Philadelphia the next game, and unlike Toronto Philly has been struggling. Don’t you worry about Toronto.

          • Pridenpoise

            Tell u what big mouth, talk to me when the playoffs end. U know the playoffs those things the leafs are never involved in. lol

          • Katrina Capp

            There is no need for name-calling and we will see when it comes to the playoffs won’t we because the Leafs are involved now.

          • Pridenpoise

            Can’t wait.

  • Tim Bayer

    “It is possible to chalk this up to a bad couple nights for Price but the look on his face as he sat on the bench during the Leafs game has me thinking otherwise. Price looked like a broken man. His confidence has been shaken and there is no telling when or if he will snap back to normal.”

    Right, let’s just look at the past two games and ignore his .927 even-strength save percentage this season, which is better than a goalie you might be familiar with who’s having a pretty fine season: James Reimer. Or maybe look at Price’s EVSV% of .922, .930 and .920 the past three seasons. But he had two bad games so he must be a “broken man” whose “confidence has been shaken”. Gimme a freakin’ break.

    • Katrina Capp

      He let in 3 goals on 4 shots!

      • Tim Bayer

        One game.

        • Katrina Capp

          that’s all it takes to shake a guy up

          • Derek Stykalo

            You don’t have to go that far back when Price was almost shipped out of Montreal due to his horrific play. The Habs mgmt chose Price over Halak, signed him to a new deal and suddenly he turned his game around. Should he continue to struggle, you have to wonder if he’s suddenly reverted to that “slump” that he was in a few years ago.

          • Tim Bayer

            My point is Price has been very solid the past few seasons, and pointing to a couple bad games and saying “he’s caving in to the pressure” is shortsighted. If he continues to struggle? Sure, it should be a little worrisome. But given the large sample size of above-average goaltending we’ve seen from him, people are reading too much into a couple bad games.

  • Moby Dick

    I’m a die-hard Habs fan, and let me tell you ‘supposed’ hockey fans, Carey Price is NOT an elite goalie, never has been. He is way too inconsistent. Rask, Crawford, Anderson, Smith, Quick, Lundqvist, (old) Brodeur, even Reimer are all better than this guy. He’s a good goalie but far from great.

    Do people have eyes? Don’t they watch the same games I do? 6 years of this BS has to go. Let’s hope he becomes an elite goalie this playoffs or next year; otherwise, Marc Bergevin, our shrewd new GM, will dispose of this guy. The only elite thing about him is his salary. Carey, you are 26 yrs. old, you have no time left, prove your worth now or go be a B+ goalie for some other team.

    And this is real; all your Price kool-aid drinking fools need to learn what it is to be an elite goalie, don’t just throw that word around like it is a dog’s toy ffs. Elite means elite, and this guy ain’t NEVER been that.

    • Katrina Capp

      I love it when people agree with me! and it could be worse they could be drinking the Kessel Kool-aid, because that’s exactly how I feel when people rave about Kessel.

      • Tim Bayer

        *facedesk*