It took until game 81 of the season, and it was fitting that #81 scored the game winner in over time, with Lars Eller's wide angle shot beating Jimmy Howard to give Carey Price the Montreal Canadiens' all-time single season wins record with 43, besting Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden, players who were great, but who were lucky enough to play behind the best teams in history.
Price however, has played behind a patchwork team that has struggled to outplay opponents all season. While he has the benefit of not having ties like the other two did, the gap in quality of teammates ahead of him is so staggering that putting any asterisk beside this record is an insult. As Dominic Toretto said, "Winning is winning".
Carey Price is on the way to a Vezina Trophy, a likely Hart Trophy, and who knows what else he can do? This is simply one of the greatest season any goaltender has had in the history of the game.