BOSTON -- Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has now stopped 65 of the 66 shots he has faced in this Eastern Conference quarterfinals series with the Boston Bruins and is a big reason his team won 3-1 in Game 2 and is headed back home with a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
Price made 34 saves Saturday night and was there when his team needed him to preserve the win, but just as he did after he made 31 saves in a 2-0 shutout in Game 1, Price was thanking and crediting his teammates for the win. The Canadiens blocked 27 shots Saturday, and when the Bruins did get chances down low, they would either clear bodies out in front or Price would make the stop.
As Price pointed out, there are no passengers right now for the Habs -- it’s all hand on deck -- and credited Mike Cammalleri (goal and assist), specifically for going above the call of duty.
“I guess one word to describe it would be commitment,” Price said. “Everybody in our locker room is willing to do whatever it takes to win hockey games. Whether it is our top scorer blocking shots, Cammy [Cammalleri] taking shots in the laces, and everybody is going to do whatever it takes to win hockey games. We got to keep playing that way.”
Another key leader and shot-blocker has been veteran defenseman and former Bruin Hal Gill, who had a game-high five blocked shots.
“He is obviously our defensive quarterback, really,” Price said. “He is the guy everybody looks to for advice. He is really smart about the game. He really thinks the game through, and he is obviously one of the leaders in this locker room.”
Cammalleri agreed with his goalie and pointed to defenseman Brent Sopel, who had three blocked shots, as well.
“We got some guys that really know how to block shots -- [Brent] Sopel and Gill come to mind -- and these guys are premiere shot-blockers in the NHL,” Cammalleri said. “They’re leading the way and other guys are feeding off that and learning a thing or two.”
Cammalleri also sees a unit committed to one cause.
“We’re playing as a unit out there and we’re playing a selfless brand of hockey,” Cammalleri said. “I think -- and we’ll see if we can continue it -- but I think when a group of people is committed to the cause and putting the cause ahead of the individual, it’s a powerful thing.”