Now that was more like it.
On the heels of back-to-back debacles against Pittsburgh and the Islanders, Carey Price played arguably his best game of the season last night, backstopping the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes in Raleigh, where Carolina outshot Montreal 43-28 on the night, including margins of 21-5 in the second period and 30-11 over the final 40 minutes. It was sweet if short-term redemption for Price, who even called himself out this week, saying he had to be more competitive. His body language last night suggested he was much more involved mentally and physically. He even got in on the Edmonton Oilers retrospective revue, putting some serious mustard on a first period glove save a la Grant Fuhr, while Brandon Prust and Josh Gorges were making like Gretzky and Coffey in the offensive zone. Without question, Price stole two points for the first time in a long time if not for the first time this season. Now all he has to do is play like that for the next seven weeks, take the Canadiens on a deep playoff run and get nominated for the Vezina Trophy, and then repeat the process every season for at least five years.
Is that so much to ask?