It wasn’t for the goalie Cayden Primeau could not take the hand on the puck of the match at the end of which he savored his first win in the NHL. Brady Tkachuk, who had picked up the disk, has failed to give to a young amateur. Fortunately, Carey Price took the time to time. Tkachuk has since contacted Primeau to explain that he was unaware of the importance of the washer for the young goaltender of the Habs.
December 13, 2019 22h48
Saga of the washer: Primeau accepts the version of facts Tkachuk
The Canadian Press
BROSSARD — The keeper of the Montreal canadiens Cayden Primeau has accepted the version of facts of the attacker, the Ottawa Senators Brady Tkachuk in the saga of the puck after his first victory in the NHL.
A few moments after the victory in overtime 3-2 to the Habs on Wednesday, Tkachuk has retrieved the disk and it took the intervention of Carey Price to prevent the memory from being lost forever. Tkachuk said Thursday that he did not know that it was the first victory of Primeau and that he had the intention to give the puck to a young audience.
When asked about it Friday, the attacker of the Canadian Brendan Gallagher turned his tongue seven times in your mouth before you go for a diplomatic answer. For his part, Primeau didn’t want too much to the agitation of the Senators, that he fell within the u.s. national program.
“He sent me a text to tell me that, said Primeau. He plays this way and I respect that. When people don’t like it, it means it’s doing its work.”
Primeau was rather touched that this is Price that has been reached to allow him to keep the puck.
“It means a lot to my eyes. [Price] does, perhaps not to what extent it is special for me to have this memory that I will cherish for the rest of my days,” said Primeau.
Friday, Primeau spent time with the ‘ goalie coach Stéphane Waite to fine tune his handling of the puck. It also works to the benefit of the advice of Price since his recall, on 2 December.
“I don’t think there are words to explain how important it is for him to be able to observe Price, noted Gallagher. There are similarities between the two. We see it in his determination and calm.”
Primeau has even said already see Price as its big brother.
“This is also the case with the rest of the team,” noted head coach Claude Julien. All the players are very good with Cayden, knowing the pressure that might be felt by a young keeper. When he makes a mistake, it is a goal. When any other player makes a mistake, it can be corrected.
“The guys ensure, therefore, support it, allow it to be comfortable,” he added.
More big brothers
The Canadian is in need of more big brothers in his locker room. In the Face of the Senators, the Habs had a total of five players aged 23 or less.
The many injuries and some underperformance of veterans have screened some of the recruits to the front of the stage.
Nick Suzuki and Cale Fleury began the season with the big club and are players who have won the confidence of Julien.
Primeau, Otto Leskinen and Ryan Poehling were the other players under the age of 23 years in uniform Wednesday. Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Victor Mete are found in the same category, but are currently injured.
“I believe that there has not been as much young people in this locker room for a good time, a recognized defender Jeff Petry. And there are those who already have important roles, such as Mete, Suzuki, and Fleury. I think we have a good mix between the older guy, the guy in the middle and the youngest.”
“It’s nice to feel the energy of young people, see them gain in maturity and improve,” added Gallagher.