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Carey Price celebrated his 43-save shutout by walking into a dead silent dressing room and not getting a single word of congratulations from teammates. Finally, after Price quietly sat down in the dressing room, his teammates exploded into cheers for the all-star netminder.
One would think that after your goaltender posts an incredible 43-save shutout to win a first-round series, there might be some cheers when he enters the dressing room post-game.
Well, if it weren't for Brandon Prust, Carey Price's entrance likely would have been met with huge applause. Instead? Crickets. If you watch closely, you can see some Canadiens close to cracking up shortly after Price walks in, but it's Dale Weise who finally breaks and celebrates with his goaltender:
The shutout, Price's second of the post-season and fifth career blanking in the playoffs, came in spectacular fashion as without him, the Senators would have likely forced a seventh game. Price made stops with almost every single part of his body en route to turning aside 43 shots. In the dying moments of the third period, Price made incredible saves on Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman and stayed with numerous heavy blasts from the blueline.
Over the course of the post-season, Price has now allowed just 12 goals and has a goals-against average of 1.94, even lower than the ridiculous 1.96 GAA he posted in the regular season. With the victory, the Canadiens move on to the second round to face the winner of the first-round matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings.
Price is probably hoping the Canadiens draw the Red Wings in round two, however, as this season he posted a .950 SP, 1.32 GAA and one shutout against Detroit.