Canadiens’ Carey Price waits for a shot from Rangers’ Connor Brickley Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Price made 28 saves in Montreal’s 4-2 win.
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Will Carey Price make history Saturday night?A win would be the 314th of Price’s career, tying him with Jacques Plante for top spot on the Canadiens’ all-time list.And it would top off a very good week for the Canadiens’ All-World-Again goaltender.Let’s go to the highlight reel:• Price was solid early in a game that would turn into a rout in Detroit• He was the kind-hearted star of a YouTube sensation that could become a Disney movie• And on Friday night, Price made 28 saves at Madison Square Garden – including highlight-reel stuff on Vladislav Namestnikov and Pavel Buchnevich – in a game the Canadiens had to win.Which they did.With difficulty.Struggling early against a fast-skating and aggressively physical Rangers team, the Canadiens stayed in the game thanks to Price. Then Brendan Gallagher – who else? – tied it at 1-1, raising the curtain on the Joel Armia show.“I feel good, obviously, but for our group it doesn’t matter who scores the goals right now,” Armia said in a dressing room scrum telecast during L’Antichambre. “We just need the wins.”Do they ever.The Canadiens are still holding down a Wildcard playoff spot … but it’s tight.Thank you, Conor Sheary. The Buffalo winger scored with 49 seconds left in Overtime to beat the Penguins and knock them out of a Wildcard spot Friday night.But Carolina extended its blistering hot streak – four straight Ws, eight of their last 10 – by beating St. Louis Friday night, moving the Hurricanes up to third place in the Metropolitan Division.The Canadiens are two points up on Columbus and Pittsburgh, each of which holds a game in hand.Saturday night’s game against the Penguins – preceding the Canadiens’ three-game visit to California – is HUGE.And you have to think Price will be starting the second leg of a back-to-back. The Canadiens need a win … and you just can’t count on Antti Niemi to get one, especially against Sidney Crosby & Friends.On the TSN pregame show, Pierre LeBrun described the rest of the Canadiens’ schedule as “playoffs before the playoffs.”They will play 15 games in March, nine on the road.Their last opponents of the regular season are Carolina, Florida, Columbus, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Washington and Toronto.That, folks, is not an easy schedule.This team, however, has managed to hang tough.And they have a pretty good goaltender.