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As if there was any doubt?

To many in HabsNation, tonight’s affirmation at the 2015 NHL Awards of Carey Price was nothing more than a formality. Canadiens’ fans near and far all know how great Price is, while others know of his abilities from his gold medal performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for Team Canada.

The night started with the presentation of the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the player voted most valuable by their peers. To some players, this award means more that the Hart Memorial Trophy, because the players decide the winner.

Price went up to the stage, looking sharp in a tuxedo and bowtie, and thanked everyone, from his teammates to his parents, and of course, his wife Angela. Price accepted the award with his usual humility, jokingly saying, “I’m more nervous up here than when I’m playing.”

Voting Total for the Vezina Trophy

Next up was the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender. The choice was easy. Price led the league in wins with 44, save percentage at .933 and goals against average of 1.96. Despite a great season by Devon Dubnyk, who single handedly resurrected the Minnesota Wild’s season, there’s no disputing Price’s dominance between the pipes.

Again, Price went up on stage to accept his award, except this time, his message was different. Sure, he thanked his teammates, as he always does, but instead of adding to the list of people to thank, the Canadiens’ netminder spoke about the First Nations’ Youth.

It’s well known throughout Canada that First Nations’ children struggle to succeed in life, often getting caught up in drugs and alcoholism. Tears flowed from Price’s eyes as he tried to encourage youngster to follow their dreams, and if he could make it this far in life, so could they. It was just a glimpse into the life Carey Price led in rural B.C., but one that moved everyone that was watching.

The Jennings Trophy is awarded to the team that allows the lowest goal against during the regular season. That honour was split between the Montreal Canadiens and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Finally, it was time to award the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league’s most valuable player. Many thought because Price was a goaltender, and had the Vezina and Lindsay Trophies all but secured, that Alexander Ovechkin, who led the league win 53 goals, would be his biggest competition.

Hart Trophy Voting

As the chart to the left shows, it wasn’t even close. Price blew away the competition, beating Ovechkin in voting by over 600 votes. John Tavares of the New York Islanders finished third.

World Junior Gold, a Calder Cup with the Hamilton Bulldogs, a gold medal in 2014 and not a slew of NHL hardware. All that’s left for Care Price is to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup and his career would be complete…hopefully next season at the age of 28.


Desjardins Post-Game: Habs vs. Bolts – Game 6 – May 12th, 2015

The Montreal Canadiens didn’t have enough left in the tank to extend the 2nd round to a seventh game back in Montreal, as the Tampa Bay Lightning saved their best game of the series for last, beating the Habs 4-1, and ending the season for “Les Glorieux”.

Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Kristina Ashqar and Coach K as they breakdown the game, and look forward to what the off-season may hold for the Canadiens.


Desjardins Post-Game: Bolts vs. Habs – Game 5 – May 9th, 2015

The Montreal Canadiens, on the strength of another stellar performance by Carey Price, and goals from Devante Smith-Pelly and P.A. Parenteau, stave off elimination with a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre, and shift all the pressure onto the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Join Corey Collard, Sean Lloyd, Steve Farnham, Coach K and special in-studio guest Tony Healey, who drove in from Albany, N.Y. just to do the show, as they revel in the victory, and look ahead to another trip to Florida on Tuesday night.


Desjardins Pre-Game: Bolts vs. Habs – Game 5 – May 9th, 2015

Join Steven Hindle, Steve Farnham, Corey Collard and Coach K as they look ahead to Game 5 at the Bell Centre between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens. With the Habs facing elimination once again, can they extend this Eastern Conference semi-final to a sixth game?


Desjardins Post-Game: Habs vs. Bolts – Game 4 – May 7th, 2015

Finally, the Montreal Canadiens exploded offensively, scoring three goals on Ben Bishop which chased him from the net, and another three on Andrei Vasilevskiy, in a 6-2 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning. They avoided the sweep and will come home to Montreal for Game 5 on Saturday night, but can they do it again?

Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd, Sportsnet’s Kelly Greig and Coach K as they look at tonight’s win,¬†and ask what needs to be done by the Habs’ coaching staff to build on this victory.


Desjardins Post-Game: Habs vs. Bolts – Game 3 – May 6th, 2015

Despite outshooting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens couldn’t find the twine more than once, and Tyler Johnson sealed the Habs’ fate with 1.1 seconds left in the third period, giving the Bolts a 2-1 win and a 3-0 stranglehold on this Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham, Sean Lloyd, Avi Goldberg and Coach K as they vent their frustrations and look ahead to Game 4 tomorrow night.


Desjardins Post-Game: Bolts vs. Habs – Game 2 – May 3rd, 2015

Despite scoring the first goal of the game, the Montreal Canadiens allowed themselves to get into penalty trouble, helping the Tampa Bay power play refind its groove, which led to a 6-2 loss, and a 2-0 series lead for the Lightning.

Join Corey Collard, Sean Lloyd, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they try to find any positives, with the Canadiens in a huge hole, going into Tampa with a huge hill to climb.