I’ve been thinking about the Canadiens game all day. Price’s shutout and the GG performance gave me hope that this series is winnable for the Habs. Trying to distract myself for the next 14 hours hasn’t been
easy. Knowing that Price had two shutouts in the 2007-08 playoffs against the Bruins, I looked up his performance in post shutout games
Three years ago tomorrow Montreal fell 5-1 to the Bruins in Game 5, after posting a 1-0 win in Game 4. The Hab missed a chance to eliminate the Bruins quickly and the series went to 7 games. Price only managed 19 saves. Disappointing then and disappointing now.
In Game 7, Price notched his second shutout of the playoffs and the Canadiens knocked off the Bruins.
The Habs won 5-0 behind a 25 save performance by the 20 year old goalie and 2 goals from 23 year old Andrei Kostitsyn.
The next game, the first game of the Flyers-Canadiens series, the Canadiens put away the Flyers in OT in a 4-3 win. Kostitsyn potted his 4th of the playoffs and Price stopped 30 of 33 shots. The Canadiens (and Price), seemingly spent after the long series against the Bruins, lost to the Flyers in 5 games.
The bright side is that Price posted a win allowing 3 goals or less in his next playoff game post shutout.
I needed distraction. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was on South Korean television channel SUPER ACTION. There’s a lot of beards in this movie. Paul Mara would fit right in.
Mortensen took part in the Habs Centennial celebrations on December 4th, 2009. Mortensen, who grew up listening to Radio Canada broadcasts of the Habs in the 70′s, introduced one of his favourite players, Lafleur, and addressed the crowd in both English and French.
Mike Cammalleri scored a hat trick and Carey Price stopped 37 of 38 shots in the 5-1 win. Their opponent that night? The Boston Bruins.
It’s a good omen, particularly if you’re watching the game in South Korea.