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Canadiens' Price 'day-to-day' with lower-body injury

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TSN.ca Staff
2/26/2014 5:00:55 PM
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will not be in uniform on Wednesday night when the team hosts the Detroit Red Wings, or on Thursday night when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, head coach Michel Therrien told reporters after the morning practice.

Price was hurt at the start of Wednesday's practice after facing just one shot as the team worked on their power play. He left the ice in discomfort and appeared to be favouring his leg.

A Habs' source told TSN's John Lu that Price suffered the injury in Sochi and not before the Olympics.

Earlier in the day, head coach Michel Therrien told reporters the goaltender was battling the injury before he left for Russia and that his condition worsened during the Games.

"During the Olympics, Carey aggravated a lower-body injury," he said. "He will not play the next two games and he's day-to-day."

The team later announced that Dustin Tokarski was being called up from Hamilton of the AHL. Therrien already said Tuesday that Peter Budaj would start against the Red Wings.

Price returned home from Sochi this week following an impressive performance at the Winter Olympics, capturing the gold medal with Canada's men's hockey team. He did not participate in the Canadiens' Monday practice and took Tuesday off.

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, who also coached Canada in Sochi, said he was unaware of Price reportedly aggravating an injury during the Games.

"I didn't know anything about Carey Price being injured. All I know is that he played real well for us," Babcock said Wednesday.

Prior to the Olympic break, Price was 26-17-5 through 48 games with the Canadiens and boasted a .925 save-percentage and 2.33 goals-against average.

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