AGEING VETERAN PERSPECTIVE
It’s only fitting that Carey Price should pass Patrick Roy for second most wins by a goalie in the history of the Montreal Canadiens in a game against the Habs’ ultimate rival, the Boston Bruins.
The game was what we’ve come to expect from these two teams: rough and brimming with hatred between the combatants. An early goal by Gallagher at 9:18 of the first opened the scoring. The Habs didn’t look back. Max Domi continued his strong start to the season with a goal, and Jordie Benn sealed the deal with an empty net goal.
The night, however, belonged to Carey. He surpassed Roy on the all-time winner’s list in style – not with just a win but a shutout. The Bruins looked to have scored one in the first, but it was called back on an offside, and Price stood tall and unbeaten for the remainder of the game.
Price now sits at 290 wins, second only to legendary Jacques Plante who finished his tenure with the Habs at 314 wins. It seems very likely, unless tragedy strikes the Canadiens, that Price should move into the number one spot by the end of the season. He needs 25 wins, and with the surprisingly strong play the Habs have opened the season with it likely won’t be long until he occupies the first slot.
Price has averaged 24 wins per season over his career; however, that number includes his rookie season and seasons cut short by injury. When Price has played a full season, that number has historically risen to well over 30. Enough to get him to the top spot.
Price has already ensured he will go down in history as one of the Habs’ greatest. If he can manage to get a Stanley Cup before he ends his career, he will definitely go down as also one of the NHL’s best goalies. He has every piece of hardware a goalie could ask for – except the cup. Looking at the team the Habs have put together, it’s possible that within the next few years that they could make a push and ensure that Price gets his name into the Hall of Fame and ensure that he isn’t the only goalie in the Habs’ top 5 winners to never win a cup.
All Time Wins Leaders (Habs)
1) Jacques Plante- 314
2) Carey Price- 290
3) Patrick Roy-289
4) Ken Dryden-258
5) Bill Durnan-208