The pucks are arrayed on a shelf at the back of Carey Price’s cubicle: one for his first NHL win, one for his first assist and, soon to be added, one for his first shutout.
34 saves – seven of which came during a 5-on-3 Philadelphia power play, with Canadiens’ best two defencemen – Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek – in the box for an agonizing 1:53.
"It seemed," Price said, "like it was eight minutes long.
"They came hard. You have to give our penalty-killers credit. They only let them shoot from the outside."
Price was his usual quiet, unassuming self as he faced the cameras, microphones and notebooks in the winning room. But in his last two starts, the rookie has faced 70 shots and allowed one goal.
In addition to a shot barrage, Price faced swarms of Flyers crashing his net.
"They go hard, kind of like Toronto," he said. "They have guys who like to go to the net and pick up the garbage."
Price is in the zone.
"I’ve just been reflecting on my habits in practice," he said. "I’m just kind of trying to practice focusing on the puck and standing up on shots that are going high and following the puck with my body. I think it really helped out."
Will the red-hot goaltender be in the nets tomorrow evening in Philadelphia?
"You guys, that’s all you want to know," Guy Carbonneau said, while not tipping his hand except to concede that Price is playing as well as he did early in the season.
"In Florida, as the game went on he got better," the coach said. "Tonight he just took over."
Carbo praised Price’s poise, patience and confidence. Price’s saves, he added, "seem to be easy for him."
Price planned to phone his parents, who had been watching their son’s first shutout at home in B.C. He said he was ready to go in Philly and "Carbo will let us know what’s going on tomorrow."
Across the room, Roman Hamrlik talked about a busy night: 23 gruelling minutes in his first game back after missing three with a flu that has become a skin rash
"It wasn’t easy for sure," Roman Hamrlik said. "I just went out there and tried to play simple.
"I think everybody tonight picked it up. That’s the way we have to play. Pricey made some unbelievable saves and that’s why we won the hockey game.