The last period resolved itself into a bombardment of Vezina, the Canadiens goalkeeper ... who was covered with horseshoes when the frantic Ottawa rooters begged their players to save the Ottawas the humiliation of a shutout at home.

-Gazette, Jan. 20, 1913

From a dressing-room wall 98 years since recording the first shutout in Canadiens history, Georges Vezina stares down unblinkingly at Carey Price.

Next season -maybe earlier? -the two men will meet in a team ranking, Price steadily marching toward Vezina's 13 career NHL shutouts.

The 23-year-old fourth-year pro turned back 35 New York shots Saturday afternoon to blank the Rangers 2-0, his ninth career shutout, moving him into 15th place on the Canadiens' all-time list.

Yesterday's second game in the Habs' traditional Super Bowl weekend doubleheader wasn't as kind. Price was beaten on New Jersey's first two shots in a 4-1 loss to the Devils, the fourth goal by the visitors with him on the bench for a sixth skater.

If not for his sometimes sterling 26 saves, however, this mess of turnovers and deflections and missed checking assignments could have been over much sooner.

Nine shutouts tie Price on the Canadiens list with Jaroslav Halak, leaving him two behind Cristobal Huet and four back of Vezina and Rogie Vachon. He will crack his team's top 10 when he reaches 17, joining the late Bunny Larocque.

Thirty-seven of the 76 men who have played goal for the NHL Canadiens have combined for 489 shutouts. Add two if you're including the team's eight-year, pre-NHL life in the National Hockey Association.

The top five goalies on the Habs list are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, George Hainsworth a country mile in front with 75, leading the 58 of Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden's 46, Bill Durnan's 34 and the 29 of Patrick Roy.

Anchoring the list with one shutout each: Yann Danis, Bert Gardiner, Phil Myre, Steve Penney and Bob Perreault.