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Carey Price and the Habs sound off at booing fans

Sep 23, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for GYI0061769581-careyprice-wolowicz-getty.jpgLast night was not a good one for either Carey Price or for the Montreal Canadiens fans who booed him after the Habs 4-2 loss to the Bruins in pre-season action.

Losing the perspective that it was a pre-season game to let their without-a-doubt number one goaltender know they weren’t thrilled with his lackluster performance is one thing, the visceral reaction it’s getting from Price’s teammates is rather incredible however.

The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey heard from a host of Price’s teammates about their thoughts on Price being booed off the ice after giving up four goals on ten shots in 30 minutes of work in the team’s first pre-season game of the year. To say that his teammates are behind him is an understatement.

“Nobody’s booing Carey in this room,” Michael Cammalleri said. “If (the fans) want to identify with this team and be part of this team, we’re all supporting him. So jump on board.”

Cammalleri went on to say: “We’re all men in here, Carey’s a man and he’s going to pick himself up and play great.” He said Price should be able to handle the criticism, but the goaltender was conspicuously absent from the post-game media session in the dressing room.

[Habs coach Jacques] Martin said that, while the Montreal fans are passionate and have a right to express their opinions, he felt there was little Price could do to keep the puck out of the net.

“The first goal was a deflection and the (last) two were the result of breakaways after turnovers,” Martin said.

It’s good that his teammates have his back, of course, but what didn’t help Price at all last night was not facing up to the media afterward as he opted to not speak with reporters. Nothing like letting an ugly night sit and fester in the minds of fans in hockey’s most insane city. Today, Price did address things and made it known that he certainly doesn’t think it’s the end of the world.

“Relax, chill out,” the Habs goaltender said Thursday. “We’ve got lots of time. We’re not winning the Stanley Cup in the first exhibition game.”

I can’t help but have my mind have those words come out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mouth in “Batman And Robin” when reading them. It’s the correct point to be made from Price but he didn’t quite let it go at that.

“I don’t know what (the fans’) message was but I don’t think it’s the correct way to go about things,” said Price.

Lecturing Montreal’s fans on how to conduct themselves doesn’t usually go over too well. Consider this already interesting season subplot to be more of a prominent one. Carey Price vs. Habs fans is the sort of media wrestling match we can get behind.

  1. NYRFTW - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    What do you expect the fans to do when they traded the goalie that the fans wanted to keep. Price is an average goalie at best. And where does Cammalleri come off saying “If (the fans) want to identify with this team and be part of this team, we’re all supporting him. So jump on board.”? Who the hell is he? The fans run the team so it’s more like if you want to identify with the fans you should get a new goalie. What the hell is he talking about? The fan base is a bigger part of a team than any one player will ever be. The fans give money to the organization, not take from it. The fans are the reason for the team being there, not past, current or future players. Cammalleri make me laugh. He had a couple good weeks in the playoffs last year now he feels like he can comment on how the fans are reacting to bum Price. Cammalleri should nver open his mouth again. Like I said who the hell is Mike Cammalleri? He’s a nobody especially in that franchises history. Cammalleri should get price a case of tissues this year because he’s going to need them.

  2. Jeanne - Sep 23, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Who the hell are YOU? If fans get on a players back it doesn’t exactly help. A true hockey fan supports their team and or players no matter what the outcome is.

  3. Eddie - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    First of all I was at the game and not all the fans were booing, in fact as far as I could see most were being supportive of him. Having said that many fans booed as well. Now I can understand if a fan wore a Halak shirt or expressed frustration with the Halak trade but you don’t have to boo Carey Price while he’s playing to do that. If they think that Montreal is such a bad team without Halak then why are they showing up for the game.
    There are free agents who have refused to sign with Montreal precisely because of fans booing. Everybody wanted to believe that the only reason that Montreal played so well in the playoffs was Halak, but Montreal played well as a team. Every cab driver and his mother wants to pretend that they are bigger hockey experts than the GM but there is no excuse for taking it out on your own player. They did the same thing when Montreal chose Patrick Roy over whoever the hell it was. These were the same “fans” were whined and complained about Hal Gill, Cammallari, Gionta, Gomez, Mara and Moen. They never come back and admit that they are wrong, they just go ahead and keep whining about someone else. If you don’t like they team they stop showing up for the games.

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