Montreal Canada goalkeeper Carey Price lost to the New York Islanders on Friday night, but nothing could dampen the positive vibes surrounding Bell Center as the franchise star played his first NHL game since the day. July 7, 2021.
Price made 17 saves in the 0-3 loss to the Islanders in a match between two teams outside the knockout stages.
“It’s definitely been a trying season, for myself on an individual and team level. I don’t feel normal, but pretty close,” Price said after the game.
Price, 34, has not appeared in an NHL game since Game 5 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals, when Montreal was knocked out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The next several months were turbulent for Price. He had to have knee surgery this season. He waived his no-move clause to be left unprotected in the draft Seattle Kraken expansion – it was thought his big contract would prevent Seattle from picking him, and he was not accepted. On October 7, Price voluntarily joined the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program for what he said was substance abuse.
“Over the past few years, I’ve let myself get into a very dark place, and I didn’t have the tools to deal with that struggle,” Price said at the time.
Price returned to Canada by the end of 2021, but his path back was hit by a number of obstacles, including a longer-than-expected recovery time from surgery and a non-COVID-related illness. rendered him unable to act.
“It’s been a tough job. Not just myself but also the coaching staff,” Price said.
The return of the Canadian guy was welcomed by his teammates.
“I’m extremely happy that he can play tonight. Finally starting to act. He’s a huge part of our team and it’s been difficult here for him,” the player said. winger of Montreal, said Paul Byron. “He’s a quiet person. He has a calm, passive demeanor towards him. But I know what that means to him and what it means to him. his family.”
Price’s family attended his return to the NHL, and he greeted them throughout the fight – including his one-year-old son Lincoln, who got to see his father live for the first time. fight.
“I think he was a bit annoyed by [my] masks and equipment, “Price joked.” It made me unable to take my eyes off. Capture everything in perspective. “
Small moments were heightened throughout the game for Price. He received a standing ovation when his name was announced as the starting scorer.
“It was fun. It was heart-warming. It made me feel, I guess really wanted,” he said.
Price made his first save 3 minutes and 32 seconds into the game with a shot from the Islanders’ Kyle Palmieri. The crowd cheered to acknowledge the moment. After the final whistle, the Canadians who had skated came in to congratulate Price personally, just as they would after the win. The remaining fans at Bell Center gave Price another standing ovation, and he raised his cane in appreciation.
This is Price’s 15th NHL season. He has a career record of 360-257-79 in 707 games, all with Team Canada. Price won the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP and the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top scorer in the 2014-15 season.
The price is signed through the end of the 2025-26 season with an average annual contract value of $10.5 million. It’s been a tough season for the Canadian team, who ran to the Stanley Cup Finals with a 20-44-11 season, for a final spot in the Eastern Conference.
Price said it was difficult for him to help his teammates.
“I missed it a lot. Any athlete will tell you that when you’re on the sidelines with an injury, you’re part of the team, but you’re not part of the process,” he said. speak. “It’s not easy without being part of the solution.”
The Canadians have just seven games left in their season.
https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/33747545/despite-loss-montreal-canadiens-goaltender-carey-price-heartwarming-return-ice Despite the loss, Montreal’s Canadian goalkeeper Carey Price made a ‘heartwarming’ comeback with ice