Picture this: There are less than 10 seconds left in a tied game against the Washington Capitals, Alexander Ovechkin is on the ice and loading up his signature one-timer from his wheelhouse with a one-timer after a turnover, but the puck is on the other side. What do you do?

Now, let’s ask Carey Price how he approached it.

The Save

As you’ll see in the video below, regardless of Price’s conservative initial depth and the shorter push across it should produce, this sequence still ends with a combination of desperation and a bit of luck in terms of where the puck hits a sprawling Price:

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Interestingly, it’s not the first time we’ve heard Price talk about the need for a strong compete level while breaking down video for Pro Reads. Admittedly, that’s a function of the saves we selected for him to look at, and he was the first goalie to sit down for one of these in-depth self-review sessions, so there may have been a few too many highlight reel stops included. But considering how widely Price is viewed as a how-to example for technical execution and patience, it’s worth noting how important it is for him to throw technique out the window at times and just battle to make a tough save. Even in a relatively straightforward Pro Read that required a good amount of luck at the end, there’s an important lesson in that.


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