Carey Price credits teammates for hot stretch

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Carey Price didn’t want to take all the credit.

Or any of it, really.

“I thought our guys did a good job of keeping everything to the outside and battling for the rebounds I left out there,” Price said last night after his Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in overtime.

For Price, it was his fifth straight win. Over that stretch, he’s allowed just five goals on 140 shots, for a save percentage of .964.

“It’s not just me, it’s our defensive play in general,” Price added.

Not too long ago, it wasn’t going so well for the 29-year-old netminder, or his team. Price finished with an. 899 save percentage in December and a .906 in January. When things didn’t get any better in February, and the Canadiens started to lose their grip on first place in the Atlantic Division, head coach Michel Therrien paid the price and Claude Julien was brought in.

“We were not the same team as we were earlier on,” GM Marc Bergevin explained at the time. “There was something missing. The team’s performance showed that there was something not right, and the change had to be made.”

After last night’s game, Julien was asked if it was safe to say that Price was back to being Price.

“Well, you guys know that better than I do,” Julien told the assembled reporters, “but I’ve always seen him that way. I haven’t seen the other side of Carey yet. So I’ll make sure I knock on wood and make sure that continues.”

The Canadiens continue their road trip Thursday in Calgary.

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