Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is failing the Montreal Canadiens when they need him the most.
His ratios in March were poor: 2.81 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. His April ratios thus far have been catastrophic: 3.74 and .871.
Price allowed seven goals on just 33 shots in his last two starts, one of which ended very quickly. But Montreal teammate Josh Gorges told the Globe and Mail that Price is not to blame for this startling collapse.
“You lose a game, he’s always the goat, they always blame the goalie because there’s no one there to bail him out,” Gorges told the newspaper. “He’s there to bail us out, and he has time and time again. When things go like that we have to do a better job of helping bail him out.
"He’s been there to bail us out more times than I can remember, he’s won games for us when we shouldn’t have won.”
Price does have a pair of nice victories this month, 4-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes and 2-1 over the Boston Bruins, both at home. But the Habs can’t feel great about his readiness for the playoff push to come.