The Best Saves from Montreal Canadiens Goalies in 2013-14
The Montreal Canadiens goalies have been superb in 2013-14. Carey Price and Peter Budaj have made save after save while leading the Habs to a 19-9-3 record.
Under the tutelage of goaltending coach Stephane Waite, Price has bounced back from last season's miseries and is having one of his best year's as a pro. He currently sports a 1.95 goals against average and a .938 save percentage. He is 14-8-2 after 24 starts.
Budaj, Price's backup, has been equally effective, with a 5-1-1 record. His goals against average sits at 1.80 while his save percentage is .934.
With their impressive play has come some highlight-reel stops. Here are the best saves from Montreal Canadiens goalies in 2013-14.
Honorable Mention: Carey Price on Jason Harrison
Vancouver's power play looks like they had one here, but Carey Price had other plans.
The Canucks move the puck around nicely before Henrik Sedin lets a shot go from the left point. Price kicks out the rebound to his left and directly onto the stick of a pinching Jason Garrison.
The Vancouver defender looks to have an open net, but is denied by the glove of Price as he goes cross-crease to make the save.
5. Carey Price on Curtis Glencross
When teams get hemmed in their zone for an extended period of time, scoring opportunities usually arise. That's exactly what happens here.
After some sustained pressure, Mark Giordano takes a wrist shot from the point that is blocked in front. The puck bounces directly to Curtis Glencross, who is alone at the side of the net.
Carey Price makes a nice reaction on the play, slides to his left and robs Glencross of a sure goal.
4. Carey Price on J.T. Miller
While glove saves like these might not be as difficult as some of the other acrobatic saves we see NHL goaltenders make, they are still some of prettiest.
New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller comes off the bench and Benoit Pouliot finds him streaking down the left side.
Carey Price reads the play beautifully, comes out to challenge the shooter and finishes the glove save with a little flair.
3. Carey Price on Luke Adam
Carey Price is one of the best puck-handling goaltenders in the NHL, but even he makes mistakes from time to time.
Here, he puts a tough pass into the skates of a covered P.K. Subban, who tries to recover by kicking the puck to his backhand and sliding it behind the net to his partner Andrei Markov.
His pass is a little off, however, and the puck bounces directly in front of the net to a wide open Luke Adam.
Price is down and has his momentum carrying him the other way, yet he still manages to kick his right pad out to make the stop.
2. Peter Budaj on Chris Kreider
Peter Budaj has been terrific as Montreal's backup goalie in 2013-14, and this was his best save of the year.
Rangers forward Chris Kreider makes the play happen with a slick move to get out of the corner in control of the puck. He then fires a pass cross-ice to an open John Moore at the left point, who lets go a slap shot that Budaj kicks out into the slot.
Kreider, doing what all coaches tells their forwards to do, goes to the net and has a great opportunity to bury the rebound.
Budaj reacts, slides to his left and gets just enough of the puck to send it off the post and deny Kreider a goal.
1. Carey Price on Kyle Okposo
Problems will occur when you're short-handed and all of your players on the ice get caught on the boards. Here, the puck bounces out into the slot, leaving only Carey Price to deal with the repercussions.
Islanders forward Kyle Okposo bounces on the loose puck and heads in on a condensed breakaway. He stickhandles, fakes a shot on the forehand, dekes to the backhand and tries to put it away.
Price doesn't bite, stays with Okposo, stretches and uses his right pad to keep it out.