Carey Price stopped 31 shots to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 Tuesday night, but he'll be the first to tell you the shots on goal were only part of the story.
"I tried to play a strong technical game, but you have to look at all the shots the guys blocked tonight," Price said as the Canadiens prepared to head to Boston for the seventh and deciding game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, CJAD Radio-800).
Price's teammates stopped almost as many shots as he did. They blocked 27 shots, with 37-year-old Roman Hamrlik leading the way with eight. Brent Sopel, Tomas Plekanec and Jaroslav Spacek each blocked three, and 11 different players had at least one.
The victory ended more than three years of frustration for Price, who was 0-7 since his last playoff win at home on April 24, 2008.
"It's not something I thought about going into this game," Price said. "It's good to win, but we'll get on a bus in a little while and we have to do it all over again in Boston. We've played well there, and I've won a Game 7 against them."
While Price had lots of help from his teammates, he was on his own late in the game when he made two big stops on David Krejci while the Bruins were playing short-handed.
"We knew they would be coming hard," Price said. "They were down a goal and putting on the pressure, but I had good position on those shots."
Special teams were the difference in the final score. The Canadiens scored twice on 5-on-3 situations, while the Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power play and are 0-for-19 for the series.
"We're moving our feet, and that's how you draw penalties," said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, who scored the game-winner in the second period.
Bruins heads coach Claude Julien conceded his team has struggled on the power play, but tried to put a positive spin on the game.
Price, teammates block lots of rubber
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