The coach won’t confirm until tomorrow, but on L’Attaque à 5 last night the Team 990’s Tony Marinaro reported the die is cast.
Carey Price, come on down.
Price has not started a game since March 31, when a third-period goal by Eric Staal secured a 2-1 win for Carolina at the Bell Centre. Of the 27 shots Price faced, 17 were in the third period.
Then Jaro Halak hung up his back-to-back shutouts against Philadelphia and Buffalo to give the Canadiens what we thought would be a springboard into the playoffs – and maybe a seeding that would have spared them Washington.
Jaro started the last three games of the regular season – all losses, but getting into OT against the Leafs in the season finale snuck the Canadiens into the postseason.
The Capitals have jostled Halak, knocked him down, barged into his head and beaten him on seven of their last 27 shots on goal.
So the Canadiens are turning to the kid we used to call The Franchise, loser of his last eight playoff starts.
In Price’s magical 2006-’07 season, however, he won a Calder Cup against the Hershey Bears – coached by Bruce Boudreau.
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Speaking of coaching, ESPN’s Scott Burnside has a provocative piece on Jacques Martin.
Is his low-key style suited to the playoffs?
Burnside puts the Washington series in the context of Martin’s not-so-great playoff history.
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Video scout Jarred Friedman found some stirring speeches to inspire fans for Game 4. (and now we know the ‘do that inspired Scott Hartnell).
Based on what we’ve seen so far, St. Jospeh’s Oratory may be of greater inspiration than oratory – and Brother André a better hope than AK46.