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Babcock on Price after shutout: ‘He gives the team confidence’

Feb 21, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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Team Canada goalie Carey Price more than did his job against Team USA stopping 31 shots in a 1-0 shutout victory.

While there was debate heading into the Olympics whether it would be Price or Roberto Luongo to start in goal, Price has proven to be the man.

As Canada coach Mike Babcock told Olympic News Service, Price’s work is what carries the team.

“He was great. Hockey’s just like everything else, you build a resume over time and it gives you confidence,” Babcock said. “He’s big and square and soft and he gives the team confidence. It’s not like there wasn’t chances tonight, there were chances both ways, but the goalies were just so good it was hard to get any pucks past them.”

Price’s efforts in the Olympics have Canada in position to win a second straight gold medal in men’s hockey. While it was Luongo who took care of business in 2010, Price’s work has been outstanding in Sochi and has them feeling good about taking gold again.

With how well Price has played, it’s hard to imagine there was even a debate in the first place, but that’s what having a wealth of talent on the roster will do.

  1. joey4id - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I can’t speak for previous games, but today Price brought his game from the Habs and elevated it for the occasion. Though he’s playing behind a superb defensive system implementd by Babcock. Sometimes all you need from a goalie is to not give up bad goals. Quick got beat because TC knows he likes to challenge the shooter. JB passed the puck to JB on the far side for the deflection in an open net. Set play no doubt.

  2. imgoingtowichita - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I wouldn’t say it was a set play. It was high IQ hockey players reading and reacting to what was going on. Had it been on the pp with Benn positioned then yes, I’d give you the set play theory. Either way, it was a way to beat an aggressive goalie that likes to come to the top of the crease and has unreal reflexes (and a SC, Conn Smythe to back it up).

  3. blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:11 AM


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    Judge: would counsel for the Truth kindly approach the bench ?

    Blomfeld: yes your honor ?

    Judge: check this out, I’m gonna throw the book at those mo-effers !

    Blomfeld: far out man ! :)

    Judge: order please … the court finds all Price detractors ‘guilty’ as charged !

    Price Detractors: wait a minute, what the hell’s going on here ?

    Guards: shut up you scum ! … KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAAM !!


    note: forensic testimony from the ‘discovery’ phase of this trial …

    blomfeld – Sep 19, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Mercy: kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could otherwise be treated harshly

    *** NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per Swedish Daily Afton Bladet ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Jonathan Bernier
    3) Benjamin Scrivens
    4) Cory Schneider
    5) Carey Price :) :) :)

    28) Ilya Bryzgalov
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Luongo

  4. graymalkin26 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    It’s not good for you to forget taking your meds.

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