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Canadiens backup goalie Mike Condon enjoys the ride


Thursday, November 26, 2015, 1:02 AM

Mike Condon interviewed for an internship on Wall Street after his junior year at Princeton University, and on Wednesday night he made 11 saves against the Rangers.

No, he didn’t get the internship.

Condon, 25, posted a 7-2-2 record as the Montreal Canadiens’ backup goaltender last month while starter Carey Price was sidelined with a lower-body injury. Then in Wednesday’s 5-1 win over the Rangers, Condon replaced Price after a reported right leg injury for the starter, closing up shop for the visitors.

“I used to take Amtrak through Penn Station all the time, right below us,” Condon said Wednesday morning. “I would take that on Thanksgiving back up to Boston. We didn’t really go up to New York that much because we were broke college kids, but I went for an interview here once. One day, didn’t get the internship. I have a lot of friends who work in the city still, though.”

Condon, an undrafted product of Holliston, Mass., played four years at Princeton and then took an unorthodox path to the NHL. He played for the Ontario Reign and Wheeling (West Va.) Nailers of the ECHL, as well as the the Houston Aeros and Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, before making the Habs out of camp this fall.

That’s why he stays humble despite the early opportunity and success for such an iconic franchise, which Condon calls “Price’s team.”

“I’m not a big fan of stopping to smell the roses, per se,” Condon said. “Once you start feeling good about yourself is when the game (bites) you in the butt and reminds you how small you really are. So I’m not gonna let it be good to me. I’m still in training”

Price (22 saves) improved to 8-1-0 in his nine regular season starts against the Rangers since the start of the 2012-13 season, with 254 saves on 258 shots and five shutouts. He has seven career shutouts in 19 appearances against the Blueshirts. Lundqvist (19 saves) lost his fifth straight regular season head-to-head matchup against Price, with his last win against him coming on March 30, 2012.

“To be a really good team I think all of us have to play our best starting with me, and I didn’t,” Lundqvist said. “The third period was far from where I need to be.”

Lundqvist isn’t the problem, though. He outshined Price in Montreal on Oct. 15 and the Rangers still lost, 3-0, that night.


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