Boudreau, Organization Have a History with Price
While Habs' nation waits to hear whether it will be Jaroslav Halak or Carey Price in goal for tonight's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Washington, Bruce Boudreau pondered the history he and the Caps' organization have with Price.
Boudreau's Hershey Bears faced Price and the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2007 Calder Cup Finals, falling in five games. Price was outstanding in the series, ultimately earning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP.
"We played five games against him, I think we averaged 42 shots, and they won in five games," Boudreau said yesterday. "He was quite a difference-maker at that point, and he still is. We know he's a good goalie. If he plays tomorrow we know that we are facing a great goalie who can steal games from you."
Price was in goal for Montreal in all four regular-season games against the Caps this year, going 2-1-1 and allowing a total of 15 goals. He allowed two goals in relief of Halak Monday and is 2-1-3 with a 3.53 GAA and .891 save percentage all-time vs. Washington. On the flip side, Caps' netminder Semyon Varlamov is 3-0 with a 1.63 GAA and .940 save percentage at the Bell Centre.
Current players on the Washington roster who faced Price in the Calder Cup Finals in 2007 include Tomas Fleischmann, Quintin Laing, David Steckel, Jeff Schultz and Mike Green.
Side Note: I actually attended the only game Hershey won in that series. Booking my ticket for Montreal as we speak...