Carey Price was feeling a bit chilly during the morning skate but he was hot when he had to be last night as he backstopped the Canadiens to a 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals. "My equipment was frozen," Price said when asked why he was late joining his teammates in the morning. "I like to warm up but it took a while because my equipment had been left outside in the bottom of the bus overnight." There was no such problem in the main event as Price stopped 27 shots and then shut the door on Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin in the shootout. "They made some pretty good moves in the shootout," Price said. "I was scrambling a little." There was some luck involved when Backstrom seemed to have an opening but put his shot over the crossbar. And Price had to be at his best when Ovechkin, the third Washington shooter, faked a shot and tried to go wide. "I was lucky to get a piece on him," Price said. "He has that shot and it's hard not to commit when he's ready to shoot because that's his strength. When he faked it and went around, I kind of spread out and reached with my glove and tried to take away as much of the net as possible. I think it hit my stick. He couldn't get it up." The Capitals have lost their last eight extra-time games, including four in shootouts. "Tonight, I think we made pretty good moves, my shot went off the post, but we didn't score," Ovechkin said. The Capitals struck early with two first-period goals but Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin said Price was outstanding after letting in the first goal to Mathieu Perreault.
Price atones for early failure
Montreal Gazette | Feb 2