TSN.ca Staff

Carey Price set the Montreal Canadiens' all-time record for games played by a Canadiens goaltender on Tuesday night at 557.

Price received a video tribute and a standing ovation from the fans at Bell Centre, who were attending the team's final home game of the season.

The 30-year-old is in the midst of the worst statistical season of his career, with Tuesday's overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets dropping his record to 16-25-7 on the year.

He's been booed and received the Bronx cheer at times in home games this season, but said the ovation Tuesday meant a lot to him.

“It was definitely an emotional moment for myself,” Price told reporters after the game. “I didn’t expect it to be, but that video and that ovation was something that I really needed. I’m really thankful and really appreciate that.

“Through all the hard times that we’ve gone through this year, to have the crowd stand up and appreciate that, that really meant a lot to me.”

Price overtook Canadiens legend Jacques Plante for first in franchise history in appearances and the video contained messages from Patrick Roy and Ken Dryden encouraging Price. The 30-year-old is set to enter the first season of an eight-year, $84 million contract with the club next season.

Price, who missed a month with a concussion earlier this year, has a career-worst .901 save percentage on the season and has a goals-against average over 3.00 (3.09) for the first time in his career.

“We’ve got a good, educated fan base and they recognize what he’s done for this organization,” said head coach Claude Julien. “Even though he’s had a tough year this year, he’s been a great goaltender and will continue to be a great goaltender for this organization for many years to come. I think it was nice for him to feel that, knowing that the people are still behind him.

“Even though he has had one average year, they still recognize everything else he’s done and they still believe in him. So there’s no doubt for him, and even for us, it was nice to see a little bit of positive through some tough times here.”

Price sits three wins back of Roy for second-most in franchise history, meaning with Tuesday's loss in game No. 80 of the season, he'll have to wait until next season to tie the Hall of Famer. He is 28 wins behind Plante for the franchise's all-time wins mark.