MONTREAL — Carey Price can relax — his Labrador retrievers are back home.
The Montreal Canadiens goaltender’s dogs Motty (“short for Mozart”) and Duke got loose overnight. But, after word went out on Twitter, both were found and returned Monday morning.
“I was preoccupied and they snuck out the garage doors,” Price said. “They turned up this morning.
“It’s not the first time and it’s probably not the last time.”
The dogs were found by John Mastromonaco, who happened to be listening to TSN 690 in Montreal on Monday morning and heard an item about the missing dogs.
“When I left the house at 6:15 a.m., I heard that Carey Price lost his dogs in Candiac, he lost his two labs,” Mastromonaco told The Canadian Press.
“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.”
After checking with the jogger, Mastromonaco realized he’d happened on the goaltender’s dogs.
Candiac is a suburb south of Montreal.
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,” said Mastromonaco, a Habs fan.
“I said thank you very much (to Price) and said good luck on Tuesday.”
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 two. I woke up, I was like ugh. Threw my bathrobe on. I was probably quite the sight to see.”
It was around midnight that Price tweeted that the dogs were missing.
“Actually it was my wife that suggested it,” he said of the tweet. “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.”
Both starting goalies in the Montreal-Boston playoff series lost sleep on the same night. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask’s girlfriend gave birth to a daughter either late Sunday or early Monday.
“That’s great for Tuukka,” said Price. “Obviously, a child birth is a big time in your life. That’s really good news actually, I didn’t know.”
The best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference semifinal between the Canadiens and Bruins is tied 1-1 with Game 3 set for Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.