FINAL | Game 79, Home Game 40 | Sunday April 1, 2018 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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DEVILS
New Jersey

(Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Byron – Drouin – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Lehkonen
Scherbak – L. Shaw – Rychel
Deslauriers – McCarron – Carr

Benn – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Schlemko – Lernout

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Mike Reilly, Byron Froese, Charles Hudon

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Victor Mete – hand, Max Pacioretty – lower-body, Rinat Valiev – lower-body, Phillip Danault – upper body, Andrew Shaw – upper-body

Game Report 

Has there been a more underappreciated superstar than Carey Price?

Talk to anyone in hockey outside Quebec and the praise towards this elite athlete flow. Yet the favorite past time of Montreal fans and media is to bash Price (and his family) constantly. In fact, it’s competitive, with each trying to outdo one another manufacturing ever more outrageous and vicious lies.

The hatred began when Price was drafted by the Canadiens in 2005 instead of the preferred choices of the media, Gilbert Brule and Benoit Pouliot. It didn’t help matters that Pouliot and Brule bookended Price’s selection at fifth overall.

The contempt for Price deepened when the young phenom replaced an aging (and porous) fan favorite in Cristobal Huet. At that point the media was all-in joining forces with Alan Walsh in a committed campaign to run Price out of Montreal.

But general manager stepped in to thwart those plans and defended Price as the “thoroughbred” that he has been for Montreal. Pierre Gauthier followed Gainey’s lead by making the undeniably correct decision, albeit an unpopular one, by shipping Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis. Despite his standing as a Montreal media darling, Halak has had a sub-par career bouncing around to several teams.

All the while, Price took the Canadiens on his back, and brought success to Montreal despite the lack of a supporting cast. Price even helped pad the winning records of his head coaches, who proved their incompetence when their meal ticket was missing from the crease.

Price has won almost every individual award possible and has been part of championships at every level, except for the Stanley Cup. Visiting media still refer to Price as the best goaltender in the world and fellow players confirm this. In a recently released NHLPA poll, Price was overwhelming picked by players as the toughest goaltender to face.

Throughout his career, Price has mowed down one Canadiens goaltending record after another leaving greats like Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy in his wake. In the game against New Jersey, Price tied Jacques Plante for the most games played by a Canadiens goaltender (556.)

Yet fans and media scoff at his achievements. Some would even prefer the Canadiens to go with new darling Antti Niemi as their starter next season. Smartest fans in the NHL? Not even close.

When will Price get the recognition that he truly deserves?

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▲  Carey Price, Noah Juulsen, Alex Galchenyuk, Artturi Lehkonen, Jacob De La Rose, Brendan Gallagher

▼  Mike Reilly, Logan Shaw, Nicolas Deslauriers, Jeff Petry, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Karl Alzner, Jordie Benn

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   DEVILS
26 Shots 32
53% Face-offs 47%
1-for-4 Power Play 0-for-5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
40 Hits 18
51 Corsi For 53
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (28-39-12) 1 0 0 1
 Devils (42-28-9) 0 0 2 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Carr (5)-PPG
  • NJD: Hischier (19), Hall (37)-SHG
  • MTL: Price (L) 6-9-4
  • NJD: Kincaid (W) 25-15-3
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Nico Hischier  NJD
  2. Daniel Carr  MTL
  3. Taylor Hall  NJD

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “It’s a nice moment, and it’s quite a feat as well. [Carey Price] has been here for a long time, he’s played a lot of games, and I think the players were extremely proud and probably disappointed that we couldn’t win that important game for him.”

Carey Price

  • “I’m definitely proud of it (tying Jacques Plante for the most games played by a Canadiens goaltender at 556). You know, getting drafted, you don’t know how your career is going to unfold. And I’m disappointed right now because of the loss, but definitely proud of being able to wear the CH for that long.”
  • “It’s a legendary name. Being able to be spoken of in the same breath as him is quite humbling.”
  • “It’s definitely a fun moment, being able to look at the scoreboard and seeing all the names written there alongside mine. It’s pretty cool.”

Devils forward Taylor Hall

  • “So, you spend two minutes feeling shame and trying to think about what you’re going to do when you get out, and you get a breakaway chance like that after a great kill by our guys. I just tried to do the best I can, and use a quick shot. [Carey Price] is such a good goalie. He’s one of the best goalies of all time, and if I can shoot before he’s ready, that’s kind of what I was thinking right there.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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