Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images
Carey Price is ready for the big time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But what about Tim Thomas?
What about Tim Thomas?
What about Carey Price for that matter?
Both goalies have shown that they can be tremendous playoff goalies, but that they also have have much to learn.
Here, I think Price has the upper hand.
Despite starting a franchise record 72 games and winning 38 of them with a 2.35 GAA and a .923 SV% with eight shutouts, Price still looks fresh as he did at the start of the season.
This season was a far cry from the Price of last year and the year before that to boot.
Not only did Montreal get into the playoffs, they got into the sixth spot because of the goaltending of Carey Price—not something you can say about the Boston Bruins.
Montreal only had three 20+ goal scorers (Plekanec, Gionta, Andrei Kostitsyn) while Cammalleri had 19. The Bruins had three 20+ goal scorers (Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand) and one 30+ goal scorer (Milan Lucic) with Michael Ryder scoring 18.
The Bruins scored a combined 246 goals this season while Montreal scored 30 less goals at 216. Despite the Bruins allowing only 195 goals to Montreal's 209 goals, the Bruins starter only started in 57 games, 15 less than Price.
Despite starting less games, Thomas did go 35-11-9 wit a 2.00 GAA and a record .938 SV% with nine shutouts.
Thomas may have better numbers, but losing the No. 1 job to Tuukka Rask in last year's playoffs after losing in the semifinals to Carolina the year before begs me to ask if he is a playoff goalie.
The same argument could be said for Price. Is he a playoff goalie?
By all my accounts, my answer for these playoffs is yes. If you had asked me last year or the year before, it would have been a definite no.
By all accounts, Montreal is Carey Price's team. If he plays well, the whole team plays well.
And if we see another possible Jaroslav Halak like performance this year in the Canadiens net, don't say I didn't tell you so.