Michael Cammalleri says the seeds of Carey Price's strong comeback this season were sown last spring when Jaroslav Halak was leading the Canadiens to the Eastern Conference final.

"He handled that situation with a lot of maturity," Cammalleri said prior to Thursday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Bruins. "He knew that he had to work harder and he did it. There was a reason why nobody could score against him in practice the last two months of the season."

Cammalleri was exaggerating a bit about Price's dominance in practice, but the Bruins had trouble beating the young goaltender Thursday night as he made 31 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win.

"It's not something that happens overnight," Cammalleri said of Price's turnaround. "That's why everyone in this room has so much respect for him because we've seen how hard he's worked to get where he is today."

How good is Price?

Scott Gomez, who had a renaissance of his own when he set up Brian Gionta, said that Price "is one of the best goaltenders in the world."