With his stellar play in net this season, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is far from coach Michel Therrien’s doghouse. Lucky for the netminder, his two Labrador retrievers are back in theirs.
Price sent a message out on Twitter Monday morning that his dogs, Motty and Duke, had gotten loose Sunday night in the Montreal suburb of Candiac. Fortunately, an area radio station picked up Price’s plea. Later Monday morning, the dogs were returned home.
John Masteromonaco had been listening to the broadcast on TSN 690 early Monday morning, hearing of Price’s plight.
"Almost at the same time, I see this jogger with two Labradors following him, but the dogs didn't look like they were with him,'' said Mastromonaco to The Canadian Press.
Mastromonaco called the number on the dog tags. When Price’s wife answered, she gave him directions to the couple’s home and shortly thereafter, the dogs were back with their rightful owners. For his trouble, Price gave Mastromonaco (a longtime Habs fan) an autographed stick.
"He just said, `Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Here's a stick,''' said Mastromonaco.
Prices credits his wife for coming up with the idea to reach out for help on Twitter, saying “She’s smarter than me.”
"I think it's good karma because I picked up a dog four or five months ago and returned it to the owner, said Price. “What goes around, comes around.''
Hopefully that karma carries over to Tuesday night, when Price will have an entirely different animal occupying his thoughts; as the Canadiens are set to square off against the Boston Bruins in game three of their second round playoff series (which is tied 1-1). Price is 6-1 so far in the postseason, with a .910 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against average.