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Last year, the Habs benefited from an almost surreal performance from Jaroslav Halak.
With Halak leading the way, this team managed to upset the Presidents Trophy winner and the defending Stanley Cup champions. The question on everyone's mind this year is whether Carey Price can do what Halak just one year ago.
If you were to look at Price's previous playoff experience, you wouldn't be overly optimistic.
Aside from his Game 7 victory against the Bruins in 2008, the number aren't great. In fact, they're pretty bad.
In 19 games, Price has five wins. In the past two years, his save percentage is under .900 and he has a goals against average of 3.8.
Good thing numbers don't win games.
Habs fans have seen a different Price this season. He no longer seems disinterested. He doesn't give up many bad goals. When he does, he no longer implodes.
He has been the single most important reason for the team's success this season and has been the team's MVP from start to finish. Price has excelled at every level he's played in, and it was only a matter of time before he would do the same at the NHL level.
If Price is able to maintain his current level of play throughout the playoffs, the Habs have another shot at making a lot of hockey "experts" look like fools.