It was the first time Carey Price’s parents have seen him play at the Bell Centre.
All they got was 40 minutes.
For the first time in his NHL career, Price got yanked after giving up four goals on 29 shots. Jaroslav Halak played the third period and was beaten once as Carolina laid a 5-1 thumping on a team that has lost five straight on home ice.
If he could have, Guy Carbonneau would have yanked his whole starting lineup.
Canadiens were that bad – and 21,273 took notice.
Once again, the team was booed off the ice.
"The booing is deserved," said an admirably honest Mike Komisarek.
"If one good thing comes out of tonight’s game, every guy has to remember this feeling. We have to hear those boos inside our heads."
The recent home-ice debacles, against Buffalo, Nashville, Detroit and Carolina – raise a question:
Just how bad are the Boston Bruins?
"We played well in Boston," said Komisarek, "and then we come home, play a very good team and we don’t respond.
"The fans have every right to boo. Those peeople pay good money to see us play."
"The booing is tough, it wears on players when we get booed," said Christopher Higgins. "We played a simple, effective game on the road and then we come home and it goes to shit."
Guy Carbonneau said he had "no explanation" for why his team falters in the theoretically friendly confines of he Bell Centre. On the road, the coach said, "the focus is there, we keep things simple and it works."
Carbonneau described Price as a 20-year-old goaltender who is learning the pro game and is "probably ahead of the curve."
"In the situation we’re in right now," the coach added, "we need goalies and everybody else to play well."