Carey Price is pretty sure Canadiens will see Bruins 'again' in playoffs

Mike Petraglia
February 09, 2015 - 4:12 am
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Sooner or later, the Bruins will have to find a way to solve Carey Price. On Sunday night, the league's top goalie stonewalled the Bruins for a fourth time this season, stopping 34 of 35 shots in a 3-1 win over the Bruins that gave Montreal a clean sweep of the four-game season series. What does it mean to Price? "That'€™s what they are. They'€™re a really good team, well-structured," Price said. "They work hard. They'€™ve got all the characteristics of a good playoff team, and I don'€™t doubt that if we want to get to our ultimate goal, we'€™ll see them again." In those four games, Price has allowed just six goals, turning aside 113 of the 119 shots he's faced. On Sunday, he admitted he was a little bit lucky to go along with being very good. The best example of that was in the second period when Loui Eriksson fired a shot on goal from the left circle after he left his crease. The puck hit his stick and popped straight up in the air and into his glove. Then came his two saves in the same period on the tough-luck Daniel Paille. One was a kick save on Paille, who was right on the doorstep and took a pass from Torey Krug but could not finish. The other was a stick save on a shot from Paille from the right circle. "Lucky. I don'€™t even think it was going in, to be honest," Price said of the second Paille chance. In the first period, Craig Cunningham had a chance in the low slot with Price again scrambling in the crease. But there was Michael Bournival there to get a piece of it before Price could get back in position. "Absolutely, yeah. We had some guys bailing me out," Price said. "That'€™s what it'€™s all about. We'€™re a committed team to blocking shots, and battling in that blue paint, and tonight it paid off in a close one." The flip side of this is alarming to the Bruins, especially coach Claude Julien. "I don'€™t think we made Carey Price'€™s night real hard," Julien said. "He didn'€™t have to move much. He just stood there, stopped the shots, so those are areas that weren'€™t good enough, and in order to beat this team that really gets up for us our best players have to be our best players and we didn'€™t have that tonight." How do the Bruins go about making things tougher? "Traffic," captain Zdeno Chara said. "It'€™s pretty obvious I think. I don'€™t think there'€™s any goalie in the league that likes to have traffic in front of him. We didn'€™t do that probably consistently for the whole night." "Like every goalie you have to get in front," added fellow blue liner Dennis Seidenberg. "If the goalie doesn'€™t see the puck he can'€™t stop them or he can'€™t make a save. There are going to loose pucks and we just have to get there in front of him and then get those second chance opportunities and that has been missing in the past." The Bruins have two months to find what's been missing against Price.