Leafs to see trimmed Price

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Carey Price used to find nutrition at a drive thru window, a greasy snack stuffed between two buns.

At least that's what some of his teammates would have you believe.

But after a summer in which he shed 28 pounds, the young Montreal Canadiens goaltender is off to a promising start, whether it be between the pipes, at the supper table or on the weight scales.

According to Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek, Price's diet has shifted from late-night burgers, chocolate bars and other assorted junk food to rice, chicken and fish.

"I could make a pretty good egg salad sandwich and canned soup," Price joked with reporters this week, adding with a chuckle that scribes should not come over to his place for dinner, because "I might poison you."

While Price playfully was ripping his own cooking, there is little doubt he is tearing up the league.

With a 2.17 goals-against average and .928 save percentage, the 21-year-old phenom from Anahim Lake, B.C., looks to be on a mission this season after admittedly being burned at the end of the 2007-08 campaign.

That's bad news for the Maple Leafs.

Only once during this young season has Ron Wilson's team been completely drubbed in a one-sided affair.

That occurred during last month's home opener, a game in which the visiting Habs thumped the Leafs 6-1.

Backup Jaroslav Halak played in goal on that occasion. The Leafs won't be so lucky this time around.

With Halak getting the call last night in Columbus, Price will start tonight in the 692nd regular-season edition of hockey's most storied rivalry as part of the NHL's annual Hall of Fame game.

With New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur out an estimated four months after undergoing elbow surgery, Price appears to be a frontrunner for the starting goaltenders' job for the all-star game, which will be held in Montreal as part of the Habs 100-year anniversary celebrations.

New York's Henrik Lundqvist, Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury and Buffalo's Ryan Miller all are worthy candidates, but count on crazed Habs fans to be stuffing ballot boxes in Price's favour.

(Yes, we know voting is done on the Internet, but you get the picture).

"Hopefully I'll be stuffing it myself," Price said.

Coach Guy Carbonneau has tweaked his lines, reuniting Christopher Higgins with Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay. Young Guillaume Latendresse, who did a nice job on the line while Higgins was out with a groin injury, now plays up alongside Robert Lang and Sergei Kostitsyn.


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