The numbers that matter:
2: Sleeps until the Canadiens play the Flyers in Philadelphia
90.5: Canadiens league-leading penalty-kill percentage
6: Power-play goals scored by the Leafs in two games before facing the league’s best PK
29: the jersey number of the last Canadiens goaltender to shut the Leafs out on Montreal ice.
62: Home games against Toronto since the last SO
33 years, eight days: Since Ken Dryden did it on Nov. 12, 1977
134: Regular season games, during which he totalled four shutouts, Carey Price had played heading into this season
41: Number of games Price played in 2009-’10 without posting a shutout
19: Number of starts Price has needed to ring up four goose eggs this season.
8: Jersey number of the player who set Mike Cammalleri up for his nicest one-timer of the season
0: Number of Canadiens who wear the number 8
One more 8: Brian Gionta’s shots on goal in game the Canadiens could have won 6-0.
They were that dominant.
There were that many odd-man rushes against a very slow Toronto D.
In his post-game remarks, Jacques Martin spread the credit around:
• Roman Hamrlik and Jaro Spacek, whom Martin praised for bouncing back from a tough night against Nashville
• The PK in general and Jeff Halpern in particular
• The Lars Eller line, which “created some chances and were good defensively”. Martin professed “complete faith” in Eller
• The shot-blockers (Hal Gill had five); “We have people who are committed,” Martin said.
The coach did most of his gushing … OK, quiet, Jacques Martin-type gushing … about his goaltender.
He praised Carey Price’s maturity, work ethic and even-keel temperament, in victory and defeat.
“Last year was a tremendous growth year for Carey Price,” Martin said. “It may be difficult to understand, and it might have been hard for him to realize it, but what happened last year was good for his career.”
In other words, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, once they make the trade that had half of Montreal wanting to kill Pierre Gauthier.
Martin reiterated that the organization’s faith in Carey Price has never wavered.
The goaltender has excelled at every level of hockey, the coach added, and it is “normal for him to keep growing.”
Price and Michal Neuvirth are tied with 12 wins.
He and Tim Thomas are tied with four shutouts.
Price’s GAA of 2.00 is fith in the league, his save percentage of 93.2 is seventh.
No goaltender has played more minutes.
Only Jonas Hiller has made more saves.
Price was outstanding and had good support from his D and forwards, who consistently came back to help with zone-clearing.
But hey … it was the Leafs.
Monday night will be more challenging.