On top of winning the Olympic Gold Medal, Carey Price is coming home with the award for Best Goalie at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, according to Antti Makinen of Rotoworld on Twitter.
@mfinewaxhockey Award for best goalie: Carey Price, best defenseman Erik Karlsson and best forward Phil Kessel
— Antti Mäkinen (@sirmakinen) February 23, 2014
Nothing could go wrong for Price in these Olympics, going 5-0 for the Canadians. He only allowed three goals during the tournament. Any doubts that he wasn’t ready for the Olympic spotlight have obviously been dispelled.
Entering the Olympic Games, it was a hotly debated topic on who should be the goalie for Team Canada. Would it be Price, the new guy, or Roberto Luongo, the goalie that led Team Canada to the Gold Medal in 2010?
They each got their chance at the beginning of the tournament with Price getting the opening nod to face Norway. He led the team to 3-1 victory. Luongo then led Canada to a 6-0 victory over Austria. After those two games, Team Canada brass chose to put Price back in the net and kept him there throughout the tournament.
He didn’t disappoint. He kept the Canadians in the game against a tough opponent in Finland and then fought through the scare that Team Latvia gave them in the quarter-finals.
Price then took over in the semi-finals. Price did not allow a goal against the high-scoring Team USA and then shut out Team Sweden as well in the Gold Medal Game.
If Price can keep up this level of goaltending, the Montreal Canadiens are going to be one dangerous team in the home stretch of the NHL season and in the playoffs.