The Montreal goaltender, who passed Ken Dryden for third place on the Canadiens all-time shutout list, faced only 12 shots in the first two periods of the 4-0 win over the Panthers, but they fired 17 shots in the third and 12 of those came while Florida had the extra man.
Carey Price reached another milestone when he posted his 47th career shutout Saturday, but his teammates didn’t make it easy for him.
Price, who passed Ken Dryden for third place on the Canadiens all-time shutout list, faced only 12 shots in the first two periods of the 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers and only one — on a shorthanded breakaway by Jonathan Huberdeau — could be considered a scoring chance.
The third period was different. A string of penalties left the Canadiens shorthanded on four occasions.
“You don’t want to give up those opportunities, but everyone stepped up, blocked shots, got the puck all the way down and we were able to kill those off,” said defenceman Jeff Petry, whose analysis of the penalty-killing effort isn’t totally accurate.
There’s a cliché that says your goaltender has to be your best penalty-killer and that was certainly the case in this game. The Panthers came to life in the third period. They fired 17 shots at Price and 12 of those came while Florida had the extra man.
“It’s obviously special for him,” Petry said. “The last one (a 2-0 win over Calgary on Jan. 13) we all knew that he tied (Dryden). The final five minutes of this game I think everyone knew what he was about to accomplish, so that was something that we wanted to get for him but, obviously, it’s also a big win for us as a team.”
Prior to the game, Price collected the Molson Cup for the month of January. The award is based on the three star selections and the shutout wasn’t enough to earn him a mention Saturday. Petry, who assisted on all four goals, received the first star, while Nick Suzuki (a goal and an assist) and Artturi Lehkonen (one goal) were the other players honoured.
When Price was asked about the last time he had a shutout and didn’t receive a star, he pointed to that Jan. 13 game.
“It’s pretty cool,” Price said. “It’s special to me because I had a conversation with Ken in my third season when things weren’t going so well and that helped me through it. I’m grateful for that. He told me to stick with trust in yourself.”
With the win, the Canadiens are six points out of a playoff spot, but they are chasing four or five teams for two spots and most of the teams ahead of them have games in hand.
The Panthers arrived in Montreal with one of the top offences in the NHL, but they might have been a tad rusty coming out of a bye week. They were playing for the first time since Jan. 21.
“We had to play a strong defensive game for what they have offensively on that side,” Petry said. ”Our game play was to chip pucks in. They’re prone to turnovers when you’re putting the puck behind them and you’re pressuring them. I thought our forwards did a good job of that.”
The Canadiens raised some eyebrows when they sent rookie Cale Fleury and 19-year-old Jesperi Kotkaniemi to Lava, but coach Claude Julien said it was more important to focus on the players returning to the lineup.
A healthy Joel Armia has joined Ilya Kovalchuk and Suzuki on the No. 2 line and Brendan Gallagher has goals in each of the two games since he returned from a concession. The Canadiens are still waiting on Jonathan Drouin, but they have cleared a roster space for him.
James questions media disparity in coverage of Irving tweet, Jerry Jones photo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has questions about the disparity of media scrutiny he believes is being applied to a 1957 photo of Jerry Jones and the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.
The photo of Jones, captured by an Associated Press photographer, shows him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock High School in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. The group was blocking six Black students who were attempting to desegregate the school and news reports said that moments after the image was taken, the students were shoved down a flight of stairs.
The photo accompanied a Washington Post story last month that was about Jones’ legacy as owner of the Dallas Cowboys, including how the team has never had a Black head coach.
James has spoken often about the Cowboys — he was a fan of the team for years before saying in October on Instagram Live that he has switched allegiances — but said Wednesday that he found it interesting that he wasn’t asked about the Jones photo.
“When I watched Kyrie talk, and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things they’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ game on Wednesday night. “And I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, someone with power and with a platform, when we do something wrong or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage. It’s on the bottom ticker. It’s asked about every single day.
“But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, the photo, and I know it was years and years ago, and we all make mistakes, I get it. It seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, it happened. OK. We just move on.’ And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”
Irving was suspended for an eventual eight games by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season after the guard — a former teammate of James’ with the Cleveland Cavaliers — tweeted a link to a film containing antisemitic material.
James was asked by reporters about that last month, and he made clear that he thought Irving made a significant mistake.
“There’s no place in this world for it,” James said in November. “Nobody can benefit from that and I believe what Kyrie did caused some harm to a lot of people. … We as humans, none of us are perfect. But I hope he understands how what he did and the actions that he took were just harmful to a lot of people.”
Jones told reporters last week that he was at that school entrance as “a curious kid.” He was 14 at the time.
“That was, gosh, 65 years ago, and (I was a) curious kid,” Jones said. “I didn’t know at the time the monumental event really that was going on. And I’m sure glad that we’re a long way from that.”
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Canada coach John Herdman disputes Croatian counterpart’s account of skipped post-match handshake
Canada coach John Herdman is disputing his Croatian counterpart’s account of why there was no handshake after their World Cup game.
Herdman had antagonized the Croatian camp with a heated postgame message to his players after Canada’s opening 1-0 loss to Belgium at the soccer showcase. Asked in a pitch-side interview what he had said in a postgame huddle to his players, Herdman replied: “I told them they belong here and we’re going to go and eff – Croatia. That’s as simple as it gets.”
That prompted a stern lecture from Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on the need for respect. And after Croatia beat the Canadians 4-1 Sunday, Dalic was asked if he had a chance to shake hands with Herdman following the final whistle.
“I did not see the other head coach after the match,” he said through an interpreter. “When I lose I always congratulate the winner. He was not there and that’s his way of doing things. He’s obviously mad. He is a good coach. He is a high-quality professional. But it will take some time for him to learn some things.”
Herdman, whose postgame news conference preceded Dalic’s on Sunday, disputed that account Wednesday when asked about it.
“Look, we shook hands before the game. So that happened,” he said. “At the end of the game, the usual process – no different than [with Belgium coach] Roberto Martinez. You shake hands with the coach, then you go shake hands with the referee.
“When I turned round, [Dalic] was already off down the touchline, which is his right to do. He’s celebrating. He’s just beaten Canada. It was a big celebration for him. He was off and I couldn’t get to shake his hand. I went into the field, shook the ref’s hand, shook players’ hands. And didn’t get to see him.
“That moment’s gone. We’re into process now – team huddle, see your fans, flash interviews, calm yourself down so you don’t say anything and move on.”
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