Breaking Down Montreal Canadien Carey Price’s Vezina Trophy Chances in 2013-14

February 15th, 2014 by Ryan Szporer Leave a reply »

As all of Canada waits to find out who will start Sunday against Finland at the Sochi Olympics, one has to believe the easy answer would be to go with the goalie who actually has a chance to win the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy: Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price.

That isn’t to say Price will win the trophy as the league’s best goaltender, or that Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo or Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has played badly...although up until recently, the latter hasn’t exactly played well.

In any case, the point is that Price, like him or not, is Canada’s best shot in net at a gold medal.

That’s regardless of the puck-handling mistake he made against Norway in Canada’s first game or Luongo’s shutout in Game 2 against Austria. Sure, Canada beat Norway by just two goals thanks to Price’s gaffe. And, yes, Luongo undeniably played better against Austria.

However, one reason Canada didn’t replicate its 8-0 thrashing of Norway in Vancouver four years ago was arguably because the team as a whole didn’t play its best game.

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