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.
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