Carey Price was at his locker, talking to the media about the perils of exhibition hockey and playing behind guys who won’t be in Montreal when the regular season rolls around.
“It’s exhibition,” Price said. “This is the time to work things out.
Jacques Martin was supportive of his goaltender, pointing out that Price had been beaten by “three power-play goals, a penalty shot and two giveaways.”.
“Even when the game was out of hand, he made good saves and competed,” Martin said. The team in front of Price, the coach added, “didn’t help him much.”
Not a whole lot of teeth-gnashing, then, after a miserable game at Scotiabank Place.
Breakaways, penalty shots, a ton of PPs, fights – the game had it all … largely as a consequence of the number of non-NHLers in both lineups.
What it didn’t offer is reassurance that Price is on his game.
10 goals against on 39 shots in 100 minutes.
At least Price was spared sarcastic applause from the numerous Canadiens fans at Scotiabank Place, where an upcoming show features Cesar Millan.
Does he whisper to goaltenders?
“It would have been nice to make some of those saves,” Price said, “but I’m not going to lose any sleep tonight.”
We’ll follow the goaltender’s advice and CHILL, repeating the mantra:
It’s only the pre-season.
• • •
Best player in a white jersey: Tomas Plekanec.
Scored again and skated all night.
Pleks is making that contract look awfully good.
Honourable mention: Ben Maxwell
Invisible to the naked eye: Maxim Lapierre
And speaking of eyes, Hal Gill got nicked by Foligno’s stick in the second period and did not return. But Jacques Martin says it’s not serious.
The Canadiens play Ottawa again tonight in the Senator’s Kanata barn.
Carey Price makes his second start of the pre-season, with Team A.
It’s the second of four consecutive exhibition games, which continues with Minnesota – Gui! Gui! Gui! – visiting the Bell Centre tomorrow and Florida in on Monday night.
Team B sent the fans home happy last night.
Alex Auld and Robert Mayer were solid in nets, and coach Jacques Martin singled out several young players for praise: Lars Eller, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Nash, Andreas Engqvist and Ryan White.
Martin’s other kids are in action tonight.
And Benoit Pouliot is on RW, with Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri. The other lines: Tom Pyatt-Ben Maxwell-Maxim Lapierre; Travis Moen-Jeff Halpern-Aaron Palushaj; Andrew Conboy-Olivier Fortier-Louis Leblanc.
D pairings: Hal Gill-Yannick Weber; Jarred Tinordi-Jaroslav Spacek; Josh Gorges-Kyle Klubertanz
Carey Price’s back-up tonight is Peter Delmas