MONTREAL (AP) — Carey Price can go back to worrying about the Boston Bruins with the help of Twitter, a local radio station and a sharp-eyed fan.
The Montreal Canadiens goaltender's two Labrador retrievers got loose overnight. But, after he tweeted about their disappearance, both were found and returned Monday morning. The dogs were found by Habs fan John Mastromonaco, who happened to be listening to TSN 690 in Montreal when he left his house around 6:15 a.m. on Monday and heard an item about the missing dogs.
"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," Mastromonaco told The Canadian Press. After checking with the jogger, Mastromonaco realized he'd happened on the goaltender's dogs.
After trying to reach Price through the radio station, Mastromonaco said he called the number on the dog tag, which happened to be Price's wife. She directed him to the couple's home, where Price answered the door and gave him an autographed stick.
"He just said, 'Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Here's a stick,'" Mastromonaco said. "I said, 'Thank you very much,' and said, 'Good luck on Tuesday.'" The Canadiens host Boston in Game 3 on Tuesday night with their Eastern Conference semifinal series tied 1-1. Both starting goalies lost sleep: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask's girlfriend gave birth to a daughter overnight.
Price said he had just woken up when the dogs were returned. "We didn't chat a lot," he said. "I was kind of groggy. "I was still trying to sleep. I probably didn't go to sleep until about 2. I woke up. I was like, 'Ugh.' Threw my bathrobe on. I was probably quite the sight to see."
Motty ("short for Mozart") and Duke got loose late Sunday night in Candiac, a suburb south of Montreal. "I was preoccupied and they snuck out the garage doors," Price said, adding, "It's not the first time and it's probably not the last time."
Around midnight, Price tweeted: "If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they're mine." "Actually it was my wife that suggested it," he said Monday. "It was actually a good idea. 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. What goes around, comes around."