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With Price struggling, Budaj gets nod for Habs versus Pens

Apr 17, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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We already mentioned this at the bottom of yesterday’s post on Carey Price, but here it is again: the Canadiens will start backup goalie Peter Budaj tonight in Pittsburgh after back-to-back nightmare outings for Price.

“The team has two good goalies and we see ourselves using both,” Habs coach Michel Therrien said yesterday.

With a couple of weeks to go before the playoffs, there’s plenty of time for Price to settle down and get back in a groove. But there’s also a tiny bit of panic creeping into a fanbase that’s been very pleasantly surprised with its team in 2013.

Price’s teammates are taking a predictable tack, pointing out that Price isn’t the only one who needs to improve

“We’re not coming out of our end clean, together, so we’re not able to get good chips, good dumps for the forecheck,” said Montreal captain Brian Gionta, per QMI Agency. “When you don’t get that, they come out clean and you end up playing in your own end a lot more. When you’re in your own end, there’s going to be breakdowns and we’ve had too many of those lately.”

But it’s not that Price has been below average the past two games — he’s allowed nine goals on 33 shots. A couple of the goals were very stoppable. It’s been ugly.

Price could be back between the pipes Thursday when the Habs host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Ahh man!! I was hoping to see Price struggle some more.

  2. ribs108 - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Struggling? His numbers are basically the same as last season except for won/loss. Advice time: Go West Young Man! where you can realize your potential and play for fans who’ll support you instead of turn on you after 2 consecutive losses. Imagine Carey back-stopping the Oilers once they get a better supporting cast! I hope for his sake that he can escape Montreal.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      wont be escaping any time soon without a trade. 5 more years to go on that 40 mill contract he just signed last summer. i didnt think he was worth 6+ mil per year then and still dont. that being said he is still better than half the league and 2 bad games doesnt mean mtl has written him off either.

  3. Stiller43 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Are you really questioning whether or not he is struggling? The other night he let in 3 on 4 shots (and got pulled), then got pulled after 6 GAA in his next start. It thats not struggling, idk what is.

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