Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price showed us all why he’s a candidate for the Hart Trophy this year with an incredible desperation save on the New York Islanders’ Matt Martin.
Price’s amazing save came with his team up 2-0 in the middle of the second. The Islanders’ Tyler Kennedy fired a shot on net from Price’s right and the rebound came out to Matt Martin on the other side. Price had already committed his body to the Kennedy shot, but he spun and got his hand down to snare Martin’s tap-in at the top of the crease.
Here’s the video.
But to truly appreciate the save, you’ve got to see it from the reverse angle.
It’s hard to imagine where the Canadiens would be without Price. They've scored the fewest goals of any team in a playoff position, yet they are first in the league in goals against.
Where most teams need three goals or more to win on a consistent basis, Montreal can get it done with just two because Price simply shuts the door.
That’s what happened on Saturday against the Islanders. Price turned aside 36 shots in the winning effort, including another great save using his stick during a penalty kill at the end of the third.
Josh Bailey finally solved price after 57:42 of hockey by firing the puck through his five-hole on the power play.
The goal robbed Price of the shutout but not the win, as Montreal scored an empty-netter to make it 3-1 at the end.
Price improved his league lead in wins (38), goals-against average (1.91) and save percentage (.936) with the victory, as he continues to run away with the Vezina Trophy.
But does he get the Hart as well?