Sport Price pulled after allowing 4 goals on 14 shots

06:06  10 december  2017
06:06  10 december  2017 Source:   theScore

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Miller, 34, was chased on Saturday night after surrendering four goals on 14 Maple Leafs shots . The veteran goaltender, whose sub-average performance this season has been papered over by his 16- 4 -0 record, lasted under 26 minutes in the game.

“When it’s as serious as that, it maybe takes a couple of minutes for everyone to get back to playing hockey,” said Arizona goalie Mike Smith, who was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots and put the blame on himself.

a hockey player wearing a red shirt © Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images Sport / Getty Right now, Carey Price can't stop a beach ball.

The Montreal Canadiens netminder was pulled Saturday night in the second period against the Edmonton Oilers after allowing four goals on 14 shots in just over 20 minutes of ice time.

Backup goalie extraordinaire Antti Niemi replaced Price 2:24 into the second stanza.

After returning from injury on Nov. 22, Price racked up five consecutive wins while registering a .962 save percentage. In the three games since, Price has looked shaky while allowing 11 goals and earning two losses.

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