So by a large margin, Carey Price still trails New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur in the National Hockey League goaltenders’ all-time scoring race.

But for a heartbeat Monday night, the Bell Centre crowd screaming “Shooooot!” Price had designs on bagging his first goal in the 300th game of his NHL career, pulling him to within a pair of Brodeur’s three.

“That was a perfect opportunity, too, and I threw a muffin up the middle of the ice,” Price said with a sigh, peeling off his equipment after his 18-save effort had backstopped the Canadiens’ 4-1 win over Carolina.

“It was my best opportunity, definitely,” he added of setting his sights on the yawning Hurricanes net with 44 seconds on the clock.

“I had enough time. I had to settle it off the boards, then one of the Staal brothers (Jordan) came right up the middle of the ice and I panicked. I just shot and it wasn’t very good.”

In fact, his attempt never made it beyond the Montreal blue line.

Price had an earlier chance but chose not to try with 70 seconds left, the Hurricanes having vacated the zone on a delayed offside and the puck behind the Canadiens net.

“That probably isn’t the best time to shoot for a goal when we can kill a little time,” he said.

In his dreams, Price has his first goal scripted:

“A dump-in, I kick it up off my foot and rifle it bar down, 200 feet in the air,” Price said, laughing, “bar down” suggesting he’d nick the bottom of the distant crossbar with his shot that arrives four feet off the ice.