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Montreal Canadiens: Ryan Miller and Vesa Toskala Beat Carey Price.

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2009

The Montreal Canadiens lost their last two games this week. First to the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 3-2 and again tonight, facing the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2.

There has been a strong link between those two losses: Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price got beat early by the opposing netminder on both occasions. The sophomore goaltender is handing gifts to the left, to the right, and upstairs lately.

Once again, I will state the reality of the situation clearly. The goaltending level in the NHL has been declining for a couple of years already. Many basic mistakes are made around with many NHL goaltenders. The use of the goaltender's stick to cut passes and plays around the net is almost extinct in the NHL. The elite number of goalies in the NHL that really cover all of those aspects do not stand on more than one hand.

But back towards Carey Price again, his ''coolness'' in net is now really a problem. Many easy saves end up in goals for this reason alone. That ''coolness'' turns to laziness sooner or later. Also, not many reflex saves are made by Price.

And when was the last time you saw Carey ''flash the leather'' on an opponent? Oh sorry, he's too cool for that too.

The Canadiens will now go to the west coast to play a series of games on the road. The Flames, the Oilers, the Avalanche, the Canucks, the Capitals, and the Penguins will host. This trip will definitely be a strong indicator of the direction the Montreal Canadiens will go in the Eastern conference standings.

(Picture: Carey Price, Getty Images).

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