After suffering playoff heartbreak last spring, Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens are optimistic they can redeem themselves in 2011-12.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are aiming to end the longest postseason drought in franchise history.
Price and the Canadiens will try to get the new season off to a strong start when they face the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night.
Montreal (44-30-8) appeared to on its way to the second round of the playoffs in April after taking a 2-0 series lead on the road versus Boston. However, the Canadiens dropped four of the next five with three of those defeats coming in overtime, including Game 7 when Nathan Horton beat them for a second time in sudden death.
The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup.
"That (loss to Boston) lingers in our head," said Price, who had a 2.11 goals-against average in that series. "We were that close to knocking off the top team in the league. So we're all going to try to take the necessary strides to make ...