MONTREAL - Carey Price didn't foresee losing much sleep over his costly third-period turnover that allowed the Boston Bruins to take the lead and eventually win Game 5 of their series with the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Thursday night.
"I won't think about it again after I leave this dressing room," Price said. "I haven't had too many bad games back to back, so we're going to be looking to play a lot better in Boston."
Price explained that he didn't see either Petteri Nokelainen or Glen Metopolit hovering around the front of his net when he decided to give the puck to Canadiens winger Maxim Lapierre.
"I had no idea," Price said. "I just tried to get it out of the scramble there and get it to Max, because I saw he had a whole lot of ice in front of him. That guy came in behind us and chopped it away from us."
"That guy" was Nokelainen, who managed to get the puck to Metropolit for his first goal since Feb. 5.
Price said the goal didn't shake him off his game, but he was a bit bothered after Zdeno Chara's power-play slap shot from the point went off a stick and into the top corner just over two minutes later to put Boston ahead 3-1.
"It was a tough break, then they got another one right after that, hitting a stick and going top shelf," Price said. "It's tough to get any momentum when you get a couple of breaks like that."
Though it would be easy to blame Price for the Canadiens loss, it should be noted Montreal had numerous chances to go ahead earlier in the game. In the minutes just prior to Price's gaffe in the third, Steve Begin and Josh Gorges had a 2-on-1 shorthanded break, Alex Kovalev had a partial breakaway after coming out of the penalty box but shot it wide, and Mathieu Dandenault was stopped on a shot from the slot.
In addition to those squandered opportunities, Montreal's power play went 0-for-4 and is now 2-for-25 in the series.
"We didn't work," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "The power play didn't work as a unit, which is what we've done all year."
Carbonneau and most of the players in the room were saying the team simply stopped skating after going ahead 1-0 in the first period, and the coach believes his team may have gotten caught up in all the hype in Montreal surrounding the Habs chances of making a playoff run this year.
"We were lacking concentration," he said. "We came back to Montreal and the city was on fire. Everyone was saying we were good, and they believed it."
When it comes to his rookie goalie, Carbonneau said he was bound to have a bad game at some point, but he was not too concerned about Price's readiness for Game 6 on Saturday night in Boston.
"You don't wish for it, but you know it's going to come eventually," he said. "He's always rebounded really well, so that doesn't scare me."