Quietly, with no fanfare at all, Carey Price played his way into the Canadiens' record books Tuesday.

The 23-year-old goaltender moved past Gerry McNeil and Jacques Plante when he appeared in his 71st game of the season, eclipsing the 70-game campaigns of the late McNeil, achieved in 1950-51 and '51-52, and the late Plante, in 1961-62.

If you thought Price showed Danny Gallivanesque rapier-like reflexes during his magnificent 42-save effort against Chicago, you should have seen him leap up and bolt for cover when the Brossard dressing-room doors opened to the media following Wednesday's practice.

Good for Price, enjoying a day away from the microphones and the scribblers. He had spoken at length in the wake of Tuesday's victory, and in detail a day earlier about being named the Canadiens' player-of-the-year based on Molson Cup fan voting.

"I don't even know where it is," Price joked when asked about the whereabouts of the trophy, awarded to him five of six times this season in monthly balloting. "Still at the brewery, maybe?"

(Terribly inconsiderate of Tomas Plekanec to win for January.)

Price will be on the Canadiens' bench Thursday when his team plays its penultimate game of the season in Kanata against the Ottawa Senators, richly deserving of a night's rest. But expect him back in goal Saturday in Toronto, and for every playoff game bar none.