Greg Millen was left shaking his head after Carey Price made two spectacular saves on Toronto's Phil Kessel in the final game of the regular season.

"He's been doing that all year," said Millen, a former National Hockey League goaltender who works as an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada. "He deserves consideration for most valuable player. He's not going to win it, but he's in the mix.

"If you look at what he's done this season, playing without (Andrei) Markov and (Josh) Gorges for most of the season, the Canadiens wouldn't be in the playoffs without him."

If you look at the summary of the Toronto game, the impact of those two saves isn't apparent. The Canadiens won the game 4-1, but the score was 3-1 when Price came up big. If Kessel scores, the Leafs get new life and the final result might have been different. But Price did what a first-class goaltender is supposed to do - he gave his team a chance to win.

The victory in Toronto last Saturday night put the cap on what Price described as a "challenging" regular season.

It was an appropriate way to describe his season, because the Canadiens' management challenged Price to prove he was the player they thought he was when they made him the fifth overall pick at the 2005 NHL entry draft.