The Canadian can’t give Carey Price a goal for his return to the game

The Islanders goaltender made 44 saves and the shutout in a 3-0 win for the New Yorkers at Bell Center.

Price was solid on his return to the game, but he was let down by his offense. He stopped 17 shots but the Canadian (20-44-11) was ruled out for the sixth time this season.

Carey Price in action against the New York Islanders

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

The Habs’ star goalkeeper played his first game since July 7 due to knee surgery and at least three setbacks in his rehabilitation for various reasons.

The Canadian’s defense was watertight in front of Price in the first two periods, but the Islanders eventually showed opportunism.

In an empty net, Zach Parisé, Noah Dobson and Brock Nelson managed to hit the target in the third period for the Islanders (35-30-9).

The Canadian will be back in action on Saturday night when the Washington Capitals are guests.

Few reasons to celebrate

Price received a warm welcome from the fans before the game. They chanted his name for over a minute until announcer Michel Lacroix interrupted them to begin a brief tribute to Mike Bossy.

The Montrealer, Islanders legend and one of the top marksmen in NHL history died Friday at the age of 65.

Tribute to Mike Bossy at the Bell Center

Tribute to Mike Bossy at the Bell Center

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

Price easily stopped the Islanders’ first shot 3:32 into the game, a weak shot from Kyle Palmieri, which he blocked with his right pad.

The Canadian lived on a power play but Nick Suzuki’s multiple attempts failed.

Price made a tough first save with less than five minutes remaining in the first period. He used his shield to block a shot from Anders Lee’s slot.

Both goalkeepers closed the door in the second period as well. Sorokin was wary of Christian Dvorak early in the engagement, and Cole Caufield later. Sorokin also frustrated fellow Russian Alexander Romanov towards the end of the second period.

For his part, Price made a nice shield save from Jean-Gabriel Pageau early in the second half. He only faced four shots in the engagement.

Joel Armia threatened early in the third period, but Sorokin fought back again.

Ilya Sorokin has the glove on the puck.

Ilya Sorokin saves Michael Pezzetta’s shot.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

The islanders opened the gate shortly after at 4:25. They needed a three-to-zero attack to beat Price. Parise completed the sequence by lifting the disc over the goalkeeper’s right pad.

Dobson doubled the Islanders’ lead 1:44 later. He beat Price with an unstoppable shot that hit the post before crossing the goal line.

The Canadian then increased the pressure but missed several chances to score. Rem Pitlick mainly hit the post after a nice single shot.

Nelson nailed the coffin for the Habs by scoring in an empty net with 1:39 on the clock.

A long rehab

Interim head coach Martin St-Louis confirmed Price’s presence at the end of morning practice.

It’s good to see that he’s here today, that he’s there and that he can play. This will give the team a boost of energy. I can’t wait to see itunderlined St-Louis.

Forward Michael Pezzetta and defenseman Corey Schueneman were also added to the Canadian lineup, taking on Tyler Pitlick and Jordan Harris.

Then, early in the afternoon, the Canadians indicated that they had assigned goaltender Cayden Primeau to his school club, the Laval Rocket.

Price has not played since July 7, 2021, when the Canadiens surrendered to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The 34-year-old British-Colombian underwent knee surgery on July 23 and was expected to recover by the start of the season on October 13. However, the Habs announced on October 7 that Price had signed up for the NHL Player Assistance Program and the NHL Players’ Association and would be out for at least 30 days.

Price later admitted he made the decision to deal with a substance abuse problem.

After returning to the team team in early November, Price had to start his rehabilitation all over again. His fitness program was then halted in early 2022 when the team was impacted by a COVID-19 outbreak.

Price said Jan. 31 that he hopes to play until the end of the season, but acknowledged there was a chance his career was in jeopardy.

There is a saying that champions are made when no one is looking.said St Louis.

A player’s success is judged for the fans on the ice, but the player must do many things to be successful on the ice, often alone with no one watching or cheering.added the coach.

Price recently had to step down again in March due to another illness. However, the big day has finally come.

It was a daily assessment. That’s why we couldn’t give a timetable, explained goalkeeper coach Éric Raymond. We never knew how he would feel. This time we waited every day to see how his knee was doing. It was better so he can play.

He worked hard to play this game. He has lived through many disappointments and overcome many difficulties, Raymond added. I admired him the whole time. I saw a goaltender who wanted to play hockey, hurt at not being able to help the team, not being able to live his passion.

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The Canadians had a miserable season in his absence. He was the last in the NHL to go into Friday’s games with an average of 3.81 goals.

Price, the Canadians’ first-round pick in 2005, fifth overall, has a career record of 360-257-79 with a 2.50 GAA and a .917 save rate. His 360 career wins ranks first in team history.

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