Time is right for Habs to give Price a shot

Sometimes digging out of a hole in a playoff series is about finding a way to break the pattern. Sometimes that takes something bold and unexpected.

Bold and unexpected, it’s fair to say, does not characterize Jacques Martin’s coaching style. Maybe that’s a contributing factor in his sub-.500 playoff record as an NHL coach.

But with his Montreal Canadiens down two games to none in their Eastern Conference final tussle with the sizzling Philadelphia Flyers, Martin does have one bold card to play.

Hint: It wasn’t putting Sergei Kostitsyn in the lineup for Game 2. That was just strange.

No, the move that’s there for Martin is to insert netminder Carey Price in place of Jaroslav Halak .

Risky? Absolutely. Worth the risk? Absolutely.

The Canadiens need to find a way to seize the initiative in this series starting with Game 3 at home Thursday night. So far it’s all been about what the Flyers have been doing and what Montreal hasn’t been doing, which for the most part has been putting pucks behind Michael Leighton.

And what, pray tell, will changing goalies do to help the likes of Mike Cammalleri , Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn find the net?

Well, nothing, specifically. But Price is a different character than Halak , for better or for worse, a much more confident and aggressive figure in the net. He plays the puck more aggressively. He might take a swipe at a Flyer in his crease.

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