Carey Price staying in goal for Game 4 according to Canadiens coach

Carey Price is struggling against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a .835 SV% through three games. Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme isn’t interested in making a goaltending change ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient Carey Price has yielded 13 goals on 79 shots during the first three games of the series against Tampa Bay. The Lightning hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Carey Price is playing Game 4

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Jul 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) defends the net against Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the first period in game three of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

“Carey’s the guy playing on Monday. If people wonder who’ll be in net, Carey will be in net. You can talk about one guy but it’s about all of us. We have to be better in front of him,” Ducharme said Saturday.

“It’s too early to tell if changes will be made but we’re looking at every situation.”

Price, 33, allowed five goals on 29 shots on Friday in Tampa Bay’s 6-3 victory over Montreal.

“I can definitely play better. It’s just not good enough so far,” Price said of his .835 save percentage in the series.

Price sported a 12-5 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in the three previous rounds of the playoffs.

He owns a 360-257-79 record with a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage with 49 shutouts in 707 career appearances (695 starts) with the Canadiens.

Backup Jake Allen has yet to play in this postseason. He was 11-12-5 with a 2.67 GAA and .907 save percentage in 29 appearances (27 starts) in the regular season.

–Field Level Media