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Montréal Canadiens: The Price is right

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In the pressure cooker called the Montréal Canadiens patience is key.
As they start their fifth game away in Edmonton their road trip has been rocky.

After winning their first two games the Habs lost the next two in Calgary and unceremoniously trounced in Vancouver.

Young hopeful, Carey Price, is given the mantle of guardian of the pipes for the fabled team. The pressure to perform and most importantly win for Montréal is only for a stout-hearted man. Can the twenty-two year old handle it?

Given the Canadiens’ illustrious history of men behind the mask, I say the twenty-two year old Price can fit the bill.

Only twenty years old, in 2007, Price was brought in as the no. 1 goaltender after starting goaltender Cristobal Huet was traded to Washington. And his first season was hot as the young kid led the Canadiens to finish first overall in the Eastern Conference. Recording two shutouts and eliminating Boston in the first round had fans buzzing with optimism. But, Philadelphia proved too much as the Habs were eliminated from the playoffs.

Not bad for the rookie goaltender. The next season, an ankle injury forced him off the ice for a month. He came back with the team floundering but managed a final playoff spot only to lose four straight to Boston.

Looking past the drubbing from Vancouver, the Habs know that the season is a very long road indeed. Especially, with a newly formed team and a young goaltender again looking for his mojo!

Written by Richard Lee

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