Montreal Canadiens: Three Stars From Blowout Victory

Mar 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 6, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens Carey Price Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens Carey Price Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

Second Star: Carey Price

Carey Price is the best player to play for the Canadiens in the past decade, if not past 25 years. He has had an incredible career and is among the best goaltender to ever play for the historic franchise.

However, this season has not been his best. Price entered last night’s game with a save percentage of .893 which is far below his average rate.

He didn’t have to be phenomenal last night and he didn’t have to steal the game, but he played solid all night. He made a few solid saves early on to get comfortable and give the players in front of him some confidence and that allowed the team to play well the rest of the night.

Price didn’t have to be spectacular, but he was steady, calm and square to the puck all night long. He stopped 28 of 29 shots on the night, allowing a power play goal to Mathieu Perreault who had plenty of time to stickhandle around Price right at the top of the crease.

It wasn’t the best game we have ever seen from Price, but it’s the best and most relaxed he has looked in the net in weeks. If this is a sign of things to come from the Canadiens goaltender, teams in the Canadian Division are going to have a hard time filling the Habs net the rest of this season.