What it feels like for an NHL goalie to lose confidence in the crease – Sportsnet.ca

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is known for being a man of few words and many saves. He only needed three words to convey what was getting in the way of his ability to stop the puck Thursday night.

“It’s all upstairs.”

Price was talking about his dismal performance against the Buffalo Sabres — a 6-5 overtime loss that saw him let in three goals in the first period alone — as well as his sub-par play of late. The 31-year-old has now let in four or more goals in his last four games, and has a very uncharacteristic stat line on the season: a 3.07 goals-against average, .892 save percentage and just four games with two or fewer goals allowed.

No one is doubting that Price will, indeed, rise back to his usual standards. We’ve seen him struggle and rise above it before and really, it’s still early. But for now, speculation spreads far and wide as to what is ailing him — understandable, considering his recent history of injuries. So, in a way, it was refreshing to hear the netminder admit to dealing with a few mental hurdles.

“When I first saw [Price’s comments] today, that’s the first thing I thought of,” retired NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey told Sportsnet on Friday. “I think that’s pretty brave of him.

“I don’t know, 15 or 10 years ago, it would’ve been very rare for a player to admit something like that, instead of just ‘I’ve got to work through it, I’ve got to be stronger,’ and the usual cliches. He understands, his brain is getting in the way and when that happens, it’s really difficult to play that position or to do anything, really.”

Hrudey knows a thing or two about the highs and lows that come with playing in goal,

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