Goaltending...most important position on the team!!!
Over the years, I have noticed how great goaltending will motivate the team in front. Like baseball pitcher or a quarterback in football...they are the inspiring force that determines how a team plays overall. Tremendous goaltending also has the tendency of discouraging the opposition.
At this time, Price is lacking confidence...and the team senses that and are playing tentatively. Price is either under-reacting to shots or over-acting to shots. Players like Prust and Subhan are beginning to throw themselves in front of shots...in order to make a block shots...feeling they need to help the team...because Price isn't making the key save.
I realize hockey is a team game...but Price shouldn't under-estimate his role in helping the team rise from this difficult period of the season.
Remember...during the playoffs...the best goalie often inspires his team to go on and win the Stanley Cup!!!!!