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Carey Price probably won’t win the Vezina now

Apr 16, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

It was an outside chance anyway, given the way Sergei Bobrovsky, Henrik Lundqvist, and a couple of other goalies have played this season. But if Montreal’s Carey Price had any shot at winning the Vezina Trophy, the last two games killed it.

Saturday night, in front of a national Canadian TV audience, Price allowed three goals on four Toronto shots before getting pulled.

One of the goals he surrendered looked like this:

Then, last night at the Bell Centre, he let in six goals on 29 Philadelphia shots before once again getting the hook.

Price’s save percentage has fallen to .908, putting him in the lower echelon of the league’s regular starters in that category.

But more importantly for the Canadiens than individual awards and statistics, arguably their most important player has fallen into a funk just weeks before the playoffs are set to start.

Habs defenseman Josh Gorges stuck up for his goalie after Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Flyers.

“You lose a game, (the goalie’s) always the goat, they always blame the goalie because there’s no one there to bail him out. He’s there to bail us out, and he has time and time again. When things go like that we have to do a better job of helping bail him out. He’s been there to bail us out more times than I can remember, he’s won games for us when we shouldn’t have won,” Gorges said, per the Globe and Mail.

Montreal’s next game is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but Price will start on the bench for that one.

  1. aaronmushrush - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Bob…you’re the man. get it done. Scottie Hartnell just won his former teammate a trophy.

  2. 8man - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I wonder if the league isn’t keeping an intense eye on how the Habs finish. If they pull away in the division, that make up game between Boston and Ottawa may become moot and therefore, unnecessary to play.

    • rgotoguy - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      unnecessary to play? I’d say the points are pretty important to the Sens.

      • 8man - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Looks like the earliest they could make it up is on the 24th. They’d both have three games left counting that one. So six points possible for either team if they win out. But the league could wait and attempt to schedule it on the 28th, to when it would be only two points available to each side. Depending on where each team is and with tiebreakers, there may nothing at stake except gate receipts. We’ll see how they approach it.

  3. sergeikremlin - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Seems it’s between Niemi, Rask, and Bobrovsky.

    My vote goes to Niemi – T-1 in wins, 2nd most shots against (Ryan Miller), .925%, 2.13 GAA, 4 SO (T-2).

    • withseidelinn - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Not Rask

    • sjshark714 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I think Lunqvist is actually the other candidate, not Rask.

      But I still say Niemi… I AM biased, but 5 more games played than Bob, 4 of which are wins. the +.01 GAA and -.006 SV% don’t make up for how much of a work horse Niemi has been.

      Not to mention shutouts on back to back nights is a ridiculous feat.

  4. kingjoffrey19 - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Bryzgalov for vezina!

  5. tonys4 - Apr 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Everyone talks about how good Price is, he’s the prototypical goalie of today, the pedigree, 5th pick overall, etc. His salary and contract also reflect he’s considered an elite goalie.

    However, this is a huge year for him because he still hasn’t proven himself in the playoffs (although in the 1st round 2010-2011, he was great but losing in 7 to the crazy Tim Thomas year).

    With a 2.81 gaa and .903 sv% in March and 3.74 and .871 in six games in April, the Vezina should be the last of his and habs fans concern.

    Mental toughness in pressure situations has always been a question mark, and still is today. Will he be able to break that wall and get to the next level?

  6. withseidelinn - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I just don’t see why Price is considered elite. I’m probably going to get 100 thumbs down for saying it but in my mind he just isn’t at the same level as guys like Rask, Miller, Lundqvist, etc. Yeah he is a great solid goalie but it just seems like he cracks too often and isn’t able to steal games very often. Just my two cents.

  7. blomfeld - Apr 16, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    IT DOESN’T CHANGE A THING

    The fact remains that Carey Price is a “top 5″ goaltender irrespective of whatever happened during his last two outings. The league’s current “undisputed” top goalie is Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick, who today sports just a modest 898% GAA. Yet are we to be told that a few “shaky” performances on his part are to undermine our belief that he’s the very “best of the best” ? … of course not ! The bottom line friends is that Carey Price is “good people” and he’s a “top 5″ goalie beyond refute !

    NHL’s Current “Top” Goaltenders / source @ Bloomberg Sports News

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Carey Price
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) Ryan Miller

    28) Marc-Andre Fluery
    29) Roberto Luongo
    30) Ilya Bryzgalov

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