Carey Price stopped 31 shots for a successful second shutout this season and the 46th in career. He joined Ken Dryden for third place in the history of the Canadian to this chapter.
January 13, 2020 21h57
Updated at 23h18
Price brilliant in the win against the Flames
The Canadian Press
The Canadian will need many other performances of this type on the part of Carey Price, if he wishes to return to the playoffs.
Price has been the star of the Habs on Monday night at the Bell Centre, and the support players have taken the baton to attack, helping the club win the second match away, 2-0 in the face of the Calgary Flames.
Price stopped 31 shots for a successful second shutout this season and the 46th in career. He joined Ken Dryden for third place in the history of the Canadian to this chapter.
It is also only the second time this season, that Price gives less of two goals in two meetings in a row, he has also helped the Canadian to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime, Saturday. Price had accomplished the same feat on 6 and 10 December last, in the face of the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
“[Price] played well in Ottawa and we won. It has removed a lot of weight on our shoulders, ” admitted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. This evening [Monday], he felt even the good sensations of the last game.
“We hope that it is on track to return to the summit of his art.”
Jordan Weal and Ryan Poehling had generated the offensive of the Canadian (20-20-7), which now has a record of 2-7-1 since the Christmas break.
“We are looking at having triple-balanced. This evening, we were able to use our four trios and the pace of our game was much better, said Julien. Our team is built as well. We play much better when we can deploy our four trios. The energy level is better and we can increase the pace.”
David Rittich has pushed away 35 shots in front of the net Flames (25-18-5).
The Canadian has started the encounter on the hats of wheels, and had at some time an advantage to 12-1 in shots on goal. The advantage of the Habs in the game in the first period did not, however, led only to a single purpose, when Weal was surprised Rittich in swivel at 13:30.
Rittich closed the door in front of Tomas Tatar at the end of the engagement, and then again shortly after the beginning of the second period.
The rest of the second twenty was the matter of Price, even if it has not been particularly busy. Price has, however, frustrated four times the Flames on attacks of redundant or after a turnaround in Canadian.
At the other end of the rink, the trio of Phillip Danault, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Tatar has been one that has stuck more often than the Flames in their territory, without, however, threaten the net of Rittich.
Tatar returned to the charge at the beginning of the third, but he once again stumbled to Rittich.
Poehling has finally offered a cushion a little more comfortable to Price, beating Rittich at 9:45 of the third party. It was Poehling of a first point in 20 games with the Habs this season.
Price then continued his work impeccable. He notably made a good save against Elias Lindholm thanks to a lateral shifting fast, and then captured a shot of the cuffs of Sam Bennett even though the puck was deflected off the stick of Artturi Lehkonen.
In addition, the defender Ben Chiarot was back in the game for the Canadian after missing two games due to a lower-body injury. Brett Kulak sold him his place.
The Canadian will play its next match on Wednesday, when it will host the Chicago black hawks at the Bell Centre. It will then travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Thursday.
ECHOES OF LOCKER ROOM
Carey Price posted a slight smile in speaking of the fact that he had joined up with Ken Dryden for third in the history of the Canadian chapter of the white games:
“This is another achievement quite special. Now, I look forward to the next one.”
Jordan Weal noted that Price seemed to be particularly in form on Monday night:
“He has managed a couple of stops on two-on-one late in the second period, one could see that he was in his bubble. He plays like that since the beginning of the season. It is a pleasure to count on the best goalkeeper in the world and be able to look at the work night after night.”
Ryan Poehling was relieved to have finally darkened the score sheet:
“It is a good feeling and honestly, that’s a relief. But it was the best time. We led by a goal and it was important to widen the gap, to give a cushion more comfortable to the team to close the books.”