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Record Setting Goaltending & Home'r 3 Stars

Posted on: November 14, 2009 11:50 pm
 
To say that Montreal Canadiens fans are the toughest critics for their goaltenders may be putting it lightly.  The Canadiens fans are not afraid to let their goaltender know when they think that he could be playing better.  Sometimes they can be downright rude.  And there have been a few of those goaltenders that have let the fans know that their voices are being heard.

Carey Price is one of those goaltenders.

Despite his ups and downs this season, of which there seems to be a few more downs than there has been ups, Carey Price came out tonight to play some solid goaltending against the Nashville Predators.  Hopefully he showed all those critics of his that this kid is the real deal, that he can play net with the best of them.  And he backed it up with the statistics to prove it.  Here a quick Canadiens history lesson:

  • March 10, 1974 - Wayne Thomas set the regular season single game save record with 53 saves against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Canadiens won that game 5-4.
  • March 15, 1970 - Rogatien "Rogie" Vachon set the regular season single period save record with 23 saves in the third period of a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Rogie faced a record 24 shots that period as well.  The Canadiens and the Maple Leafs skated to a 3-3 tie that game.
  • March 19, 1974 - Ken Dryden tied the mark that Vachon set just over 4 years previous also saving 23 of the 24 shots he faced.  Dryden's effort in the first period proved too much for the Calgary Flames who couldn't catch up with Montreal, losing 4-1.
  • March 10, 1993 - Andre Racicot kept the New York Islanders off the board in the second period, saving 23 shots.  The Canadiens went on to win that game 5-1.
  • October 26, 2002 - Jeff Hackett adds his name to the list of goalies to stop 23 shots in one period.  In the first period of a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, Hackett was able to keep the Sens scoreless.
Well, tonight Carey Price added himself to the Canadiens history books (again - he's already there for his amazing shootout stats) by stopping 23 of 24 shots in the first period and 53 shots in the game.  By the time he had played 40 minutes, he had already saved 41 shots - more saves than any other goaltender made tonight.  He was a brick wall tonight, but unlike any of the people he joins in the record book, he won't be getting a point to celebrate these saves with.

The Canadiens were unable to put a single puck past their opposing goaltender tonight, only mustering 20 shots in total on Pekka Rinne.  And according to the radio play-by-play, you would be hard pressed to call any one of those shots a solid scoring chance.

So this brings to mind a very obvious question - how does a goaltender who makes 20 easy saves deserve a 2nd star rating while a goaltender who makes 53 saves (23 in one period - more than his opponent over the entire night) deserve a 3rd star rating?

Answer - there were in Nashville, remember.

Carey Price could have made 100 saves, but as long as Rinne gets that shutout at home, he will get a higher star than Price.  Had roles been reversed: Rinne saves 53, Price saves 20 and Cammalleri had scored 2; I'm sure that Rinne would have been given 1st star for that performance.  What is the point of the 3 star system if it is not to keep the home crowd happy?  And how can anyone who understands the game not think that Price was a much bigger star in this game than was Rinne.  There are even some, I'm sure, who would argue that Price deserved first star over Steve Sullivan.

My picks for 3 star in tonights game:
  1. Steve Sullivan - scored 2 goals against the 'god' (at least for tonight) Carey Price, not to mention took 11 shots
  2. Carey Price - 23 saves in the first period, 41 saves through 40 minutes, 53 saves overall
  3. Pekka Rinne - I'd even consider Jason Arnott here, playing almost 22 minutes, getting in Price's face, playing hard
But, I don't make the picks, I just complain about them later.

Category: NHL
Tags: Canadiens, Price
 
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jacklang0001
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Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:28 am
 

Record Setting Goaltending & Home'r 3 Stars

Hey SlumpBuster, sorry it took so long to reply.

When I read your post, I wanted to reply right away, but I wanted to look into a few things first.

First, in regards to your hockey pool - I think that you're okay with Halak.  Speaking from the perspective of a Canadiens fan who has respect for his goaltenders, I think Halak is actually feeling the game a lot more than Price is right now.  I think Price has the natural ability to one day eclipse Halak, but right now he is not getting the support he deserves from the home fans.  And I think that that is really affecting his game.  So I honestly believe that you're going to see Halak play at least half the games for the Canadiens this year (the rest of the games at home) and likely a bunch more on the road as well.

And in regards to this "Original 6" match-up (Detroit at Montreal) we're going to see on Saturday, I really look forward to it.  Having 4 of the 6 teams in the Eastern Conference and 3 of those 4 in the Northeast Division, we do get to watch a lot more "Original 6" opponents than would Detroit fans.  But those single games against Detroit and Chicago are games I look forward to every year.  I always hope they break out a throwback jersey for the night to make it even more special.

And poor Rogie Vachon, the guy put up some absolutely amazing numbers not just in Montreal, but with the Kings as you said.  Unless they change the eligibility rules for entry into the HHOF, his name will never be there.  But when you do a direct comparison of his stats against some of the greats of his day (Dryden, Esposito, Worsley, Cheevers, etc.) he really stands out as an amazing goalie.  He also made a name for himself in internation tournaments as well, so it really is a shame that he was overlooked by the HHOF in that way.  There is a 'movement' starting to get that injustice righted though, a lot of 'rumblings' as you put it from some unhappy hockey analysts and fans.

Thanks for reading.




Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2009 9:32 pm
 

Record Setting Goaltending & Home'r 3 Stars

Since this post has nothing to do with the Northeast Division, or the Maple Leafs (who do happen to 'blow very bad') I wonder what inspired this wonderful piece of TROLLing.

I even checked your profile, and you're a Boston Bruins fan, who are a full two points up the Habs.  So if the Leafs didn't 'blow very bad' and the Habs had 1 more win, those same Bruins would be in the basement of the Northeast Division.  Not that much better off than the Habs, are they.

See, we can all troll, but it's counter-productive.  If this is the highlight of your conversational skills, please refrain from commenting on my posts.  I'm just a guy who's trying to burn off a little creative energy and write about something I really love - Hockey.  I don't need anyone coming in here and trying to rain all over it.

Have a good day, Cambam
P.S. - Cam Neely was a 'god' on skates.  He was by far one of my favourite all time players.  I'm assuming that's who your name is in reference to.




Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2009 1:30 pm
 

Record Setting Goaltending & Home'r 3 Stars

Good thing the leafs blow very bad, or your "god" and his Habs would be in the basement of the Northeast Division.


SlumpBuster
Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2009 2:15 pm
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