Carey Price and the Habs sound off at booing fans

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Thumbnail image for GYI0061769581-careyprice-wolowicz-getty.jpgLast night was not a good one for either Carey Price or for the Montreal Canadiens fans who booed him after the Habs 4-2 loss to the Bruins in pre-season action.

Losing the perspective that it was a pre-season game to let their without-a-doubt number one goaltender know they weren’t thrilled with his lackluster performance is one thing, the visceral reaction it’s getting from Price’s teammates is rather incredible however.

The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey heard from a host of Price’s teammates about their thoughts on Price being booed off the ice after giving up four goals on ten shots in 30 minutes of work in the team’s first pre-season game of the year. To say that his teammates are behind him is an understatement.

“Nobody’s booing Carey in this room,” Michael Cammalleri said. “If (the fans) want to identify with this team and be part of this team, we’re all supporting him. So jump on board.”

Cammalleri went on to say: “We’re all men in here, Carey’s a man and he’s going to pick himself up and play great.” He said Price should be able to handle the criticism, but the goaltender was conspicuously absent from the post-game media session in the dressing room.

[Habs coach Jacques] Martin said that, while the Montreal fans are passionate and have a right to express their opinions, he felt there was little Price could do to keep the puck out of the net.

“The first goal was a deflection and the (last) two were the result of breakaways after turnovers,” Martin said.

It’s good that his teammates have his back, of course, but what didn’t help Price at all last night was not facing up to the media afterward as he opted to not speak with reporters. Nothing like letting an ugly night sit and fester in the minds of fans in hockey’s most insane city. Today, Price did address things and made it known that he certainly doesn’t think it’s the end of the world.

“Relax, chill out,” the Habs goaltender said Thursday. “We’ve got lots of time. We’re not winning the Stanley Cup in the first exhibition game.”

I can’t help but have my mind have those words come out of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mouth in “Batman And Robin” when reading them. It’s the correct point to be made from Price but he didn’t quite let it go at that.

“I don’t know what (the fans’) message was but I don’t think it’s the correct way to go about things,” said Price.

Lecturing Montreal’s fans on how to conduct themselves doesn’t usually go over too well. Consider this already interesting season subplot to be more of a prominent one. Carey Price vs. Habs fans is the sort of media wrestling match we can get behind.

PHT Morning Skate: Sharks name stray cat after captain Joe Pavelski

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

–The stray cat that ran onto the ice prior to Game 1 between the Sharks and Preds has been named after Joe Pavelski. (Associated Press)

–Speaking of that black cat, here’s a mountain of pucks shaped like the cat. (The Score)

–When Lukas Head was younger, he played with Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban. Here’s his story. (Toronto Star)

–Watch the highlights from yesterday’s game between the Stars and Blues. (Top)

–A look behind the scenes of the NHL draft lottery. (Canadian Press)

–Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sharon Szabados loves curing and the Oilers and she was forced to make a tough choice on Saturday. (Sportsnet)

Pascal Dupuis, who was named one of the Masterton Trophy finalists, is adjusting to retirement. (NHL.com)

Pavelski’s late goal helps Sharks grab 2-0 series lead over Preds

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The San Jose Sharks became the only team in the second round to jump out to a 2-0 lead in their series. The Sharks did it by beating the Predators 3-2 in Game 2 on Sunday night.

San Jose opened the scoring in the second period when Logan Couture buried a rebound by Preds goalie Pekka Rinne. Brent Burns took the initial shot from the point and extended his playoff point streak to four games.

The Predators finally got on the board at the 12:56 mark of the third period when Mattias Ekholm tied the game at one.

Here’s the goal:

Nashville’s good fortune didn’t last very long. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski gave San Jose a 2-1 lead less than five minutes later.

Pavelski also picked up two assists in the game. The 31-year-old has at least one point in six of his seven postseason games in 2016.

Joe Thornton then added an empty-netter in the final minute of play before Ryan Johansen scored with four seconds remaining.

Despite the loss, Preds head coach Peter Laviolette wasn’t too disappointed by the way his team played.

The Predators outshot the Sharks (39-25), they outhit San Jose (46-26), but they just couldn’t outscore them.

Like the old saying goes: “you’re not in trouble until you lose a game on home ice.” The Preds still haven’t done that, which means they’re not done yet.

The series now shifts to Nashville for Game 3, which will be played on Tuesday night.

Video: Marc-Edouard Vlasic saved by his visor after taking Shea Weber shot to the face

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It’s a scary night for players getting hit in the head with pucks.

After Brian Elliott was hit in the head by a Jason Spezza slapshot, it was Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s turn to narrowly avoid disaster.

In the third period of Sunday’s game against the Predators, Vlasic took a puck to the face. The end result could have been catastrophic had Vlasic not had a visor.

You can see the incident by clicking the video at the top of the page.

It’s nice to see that Vlasic was in a joking mood after the game:

Hockey Twitter breathed a collective sigh of relief after Vlasic got back up:

It sounds like Olli Maatta won’t be ready for Game 3

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You’ve all seen it by now (if you haven’t, click the video at the top of page). Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was forced to leave Game 2 against the Capitals after taking a late hit from Brooks Orpik. Not only was the hit late, but Orpik also caught Maatta in the head.

After the Penguins’ optional skate on Sunday, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t optimistic about Maatta’s chances of playing in Game 3 on Monday night.

“Olli’s being evaluated as we speak, so I don’t have any real update as far as his status is concerned,” Sullivan said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He’s being evaluated today, we’ll probably have more information in the morning.

“I don’t have a lot of sense of his availability. I’m probably not optimistic, though.”

After the game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz stood up for his defenseman.

“We’ll let the league handle it,” Trotz said, per CSN Mid-Atlantic. “If you know anything about Brooks, he plays hard, he plays clean. He’s not a dirty player.”

And the league certainly did handle it, as they suspended Orpik for three games.

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