After winning his last three starts, the not-so-rookie-anymore goalie Carey Price has been awarded by the NHL the third star of the week.
Facing the Flyers on Wednesday, registering a 2-1 OT win, facing 36 saves and getting the second star of the night, he helped the Montreal Canadiens get back on track after three straight losses.
He then registered his first NHL shutout in a 1-0 win over struggling Philadelphia Flyers, with 34 saves. The day after, he got his third consecutive win, in Philadelphia, allowing three goals on 37 shots, and recording his second NHL assist on Maxime Lapierre's goal.
Carey Price comes from Vancouver BC, raised by his parents who are active members of the First Nation community. His father used to play goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers farm team, but never played at the NHL level. He is the cousin of Phoenix Coyotes Captain, Shane Doan, who was also the Canada team Captain in the world Championship in 2007.
Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2005, the young 6 ft 3, 222 lb guy has made his way to the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship, bringing Canada to the finals against Russia, and winning the gold medal. He has been chosen among the All-star team of the tournament, and was awarded MVP.
After his CHL team, the American TriCity was eliminated, he joined the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs for the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. He took the opportunity to shine again, bringing the Calder Cup back to Canadiens farm team, after twelve years.
The last goalie who brought the Calder Cup to the Habs AHL affiliate, called the "Sherbrooke Canadiens" back then, was legend Patrick Roy. Graduating in the NHL, Roy has won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens a year after, at the age of 21.
There is no rush, though, in seeing a new "St Patrick" in youngster Price. However, the young goalie seems to be ahead of a special carr]eer in the NHL.
Back in 2008.
Price has been the subject of a few debates before the 2007-08 start. Indeed, the Habs had the choice between two young good goalies, Jaroslav Halak and Price. Finally, GM Bob Gainey decided to put him in the line up as a Cristobal Huet's back-up goalie.
Price had his NHL first start against the Pittsburgh Penguins, like Ken Dryden did back in 1971, and Patrick Roy in 1986.
Price has been sent in the AHL for a couple of games in January, to gain back his confidence and review his techniques; while Huet was doing good protecting the net in the big league.
Montreal Fans have already come up with a few nicknames to name the young phenomenon. Among them: "Priceless" or "the Price is right", and even from a few forums "Jesus Price"!
There are possibilities that he would get his fourth consecutive start against the NY Rangers, on Tuesday night, in Montreal.