Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Price Frustrated by His Performance as Canadiens Fall to Sabres 6-5 in Overtime

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Price Frustrated by His Performance as Canadiens Fall to Sabres 6-5 in Overtime

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Price frustrated as Habs lose to Sabres 6-5

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MONTREAL - A very discouraged Carey Price put all the blame on himself for Montreal's latest loss.

Price gave up a season-high six goals as the Canadiens lost 6-5 in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

"Let's just cut to the chase really," said Price, who made 25 saves. "I just didn't play very good tonight."

The 31-year-old saw his save percentage drop to .892 and his goals-against-average soar to 3.07. The Canadiens goaltender has a 5-5-2 record this season. He's given up at least three goals in eight games this season.

"It's all upstairs," said Price, who earns $10.5 million per year for the next eight seasons. "I gotta figure it out.

"I'm just not playing as well as I did earlier."

With the game tied 5-5, Rasmus Ristolainen scored 1:38 into overtime with a slap shot that blew right past Price after a failed 3-on-1 for the Canadiens at the other end. It was the only shot in overtime.

Price failed to control a rebound in his crease when Vladimir Sobotka put Buffalo ahead 2-1 at 14:40 of the first period.

After giving up three goals on the game's first 12 shots, some Bell Centre fans cheered sarcastically when Price made an easy save on a trickling puck.

In the second period, Price couldn't find the puck after Jack Eichel's shot hit the post -- an easy goal for Jeff Skinner as the Sabres went up 4-3.

"If anything he needs to feel like we have his back and we do," said Claude Julien of Price. "We know how good he can be. He needs to know that his coach and his coaching staff are behind him and believe in him and there's no reason not to with what he's accomplished.

"Unfortunately that position is one that you can really pinpoint. That's the sad part of a goaltender's position. We're looking towards him when the rest of our team wasn't any better."

The Canadiens (8-5-3), which were coming a 5-3 defeat to the New York Rangers, lost two consecutive games for the first time this season. …

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