Author: Cam Tucker

Price isn’t focused on individual success

When the season ends, it will be interesting to see how much hardware Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price comes away with.

He’s a favorite to win the Hart Trophy, and the Vezina, too. He leads all NHL goalies in wins with 43 — Pekka Rinne has 41 — and his save percentage of .934 is absolutely stellar for a Habs team that has 108 points and is looking to claim the Atlantic Division before the playoffs.

In a recent poll of 20 NHL coaches, all 20 picked Price for the Hart. The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, in the end, selects the Hart Trophy winner. But it says something when 100 per cent of coaches from that recent poll go with Price.

“He deserves the Hart,” Habs head coach Michel Therrien told “As far as I’m concerned he’s the best player in the League right now, he’s the player that’s got the most impact on games. There’s a lot of good players in this League that had some good seasons, but Carey Price deserves that trophy.”

The Habs made it to the Eastern Conference final last spring, but their playoff journey ended there.

They also haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1993. Individual accomplishments are nice, but winning a championship would be the biggest reward for Price in what has been a remarkable season for him.

“You want to reflect on it, but you don’t want to get too caught up in looking back,” Price told “It’s been working all season long, the goal-setting looking forward. I don’t want to start resting on a good season yet.”

Read between the lines: Ryan Miller expected to start for Canucks in season finale


It’s possible by the time the puck drops between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers on Saturday evening, the Canucks will have already secured home ice advantage for its first round series.

That depends on how the Calgary Flames do in their regular season finale earlier in the day.

The Canucks and Flames will meet in the opening round, however where that series starts has yet to be determined. It all gets figured out on Saturday.

Calgary plays the Winnipeg Jets in the afternoon. A Flames win would then force the Canucks to earn at least a single point against the Oilers in order to clinch home ice advantage.

So, that late game between the Canucks and Oilers could end up being completely meaningless, or there could be something on the line for Vancouver.

Based on the comments of Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins following his team’s win over Arizona on Thursday, it sounds like Ryan Miller will start in net, no matter the situation.

Miller, in the first year of a three-year, $18 million deal, hasn’t played since Feb. 22 due to injury. The Canucks may need a strong performance — from someone who hasn’t started in almost two months — to ensure they begin their series with the Flames at Rogers Arena.

Miller backed up Eddie Lack against the Coyotes, with the Canucks sending Jacob Markstrom back to the AHL earlier in the day.

And there is only one chance remaining to get Miller into game action before the post-season begins.

“You have to have two goalies going into the playoffs. You have to have two guys,” said Desjardins.

“It would be tough for Ryan to end up playing in a playoff game (when) he hasn’t played in for however long. Eddie’s played great. He doesn’t have anything else he needs to prove right now. He’s played really well, but we need both goalies ready to play.”

Video: Pavelec records back-to-back shutouts, Jets inch closer to playoff berth


The Winnipeg Jets are on the verge.

They’re closing in on a playoff berth, which would make it their first since moving back to Winnipeg from Atlanta. And behind their recent success has been the play of goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

The 27-year-old Pavelec stopped all 30 shots he faced, including a spectacular stick save in the first period as featured in the video below, and the Jets shut out the St. Louis Blues 1-0 on Tuesday.

Currently holding down the last Wild Card spot in the West, the Jets moved to 96 points, three ahead of the L.A. Kings, and both teams have two games remaining on their schedules.

Back-to-back games for the Jets and Pavelec? No problem. Back-to-back shutouts, as Pavelec has stopped a combined 62 shots in two games.

And unlikely scorer Chris Thorburn notched the game’s only goal for Winnipeg.

“There’s no better way. When you shutout the two teams you’re playing, it’s as good as it gets,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Sun. “Good on the guys. Our goaltending was pretty good, everybody had a piece of the game and the goal comes from the line that played the least but had the biggest impact.”

However, this game wasn’t without controversy.

Late in the second period, Paul Stastny appeared to have the tying goal for St. Louis, but the goal was waved off and Stastny was called for slashing the stick out of Tyler Myers’ hands before taking control of the puck and beating Pavelec on the backhand.Of course, there were conflicting opinions on whether it was a valid penalty.

Here’s a video of the play: