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Mike Brophy - Friday Jan. 17, 2014 17:06

Carey Price making his case to be No. 1 in Sochi

Montreal Canadiens goalie makes 40 saves, including several show-stoppers against Sens

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Carey Price, Mike Smith and Roberto Luongo will have to wait a few more weeks to find out who will be Canada's starting goalie in Sochi. (Getty)

With the Winter Olympics drawing near, the big question about Canada’s men’s hockey team is, who gets the start in goal in Game 1 in Sochi?

Many expect Vancouver Canucks Roberto Luongo will get the call. It was Luongo, after all, who backstopped Canada to a gold medal victory in Vancouver four years ago. Other insist that was then and this is now.

Canada’s other two goalies are Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes. Both men are doing their utmost to make sure they are in the mix when it comes to discussions about who will play for Canada.

On Thursday night Price played superbly facing 44 shots as his Canadiens edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in overtime. Price was the second star of the game and now has a 22-12-4 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He has two shutouts this season.

Defenceman P.K. Subban, who scored the Habs' winning goal, called Price the "best goalie in the world right now," in his post-game comments.

"I'm hard pressed to find another goalie that's better than him in the world," Subban said. "Just watch the tape. It's pretty incredible."

Smith, meanwhile, was the first star of his game as Phoenix edged the Canucks 1-0. Smith made 29 saves to earn his first shutout of the season. He has a 16-13-8 record with a 2.85 GAA and .911 SP. He also has a goal and an assist.

Luongo is getting close to returning from an ankle injury he suffered last Saturday in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. 

He has a 16-10-6 record with a 2.23 GAA and .922 SP with three shutouts.

Who do you think should play in Game 1 on Feb. 13 against Norway?

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