Habs G Price's road to recovery takes another step forward

TSN.ca Staff
3/11/2014 3:47:46 PM
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Carey Price's road to recovery took another step forward on Tuesday.

The Montreal Canadiens netminder participated in light full practice drills at the team's morning skate and took the majority of reps at one end of the ice while sharing a net with Dustin Tokarski.

Price worked with Peter Budaj and Tokarski during Tuesday's skate and was dropping to the butterfly position, considered progress in his rehab. During the team's recent west coast road trip, the 26-year-old Price was only making lateral and forward/backward movements in his net while staying on his feet.

Once the team switched to 3-1 and 3-2 drills, Price worked alone with goaltending coach Stephane Waite, with heavy concentration on staying in his butterfly.

Price originally suffered a lower-body injury at the Sochi Olympics. In the first post-Olympics practice, he left the ice after moving laterally to make a save during a power-play drill.

He was placed on injured reserve on March 3.

Head coach Michel Therrien said following Tuesday's practice that he's disappointed his starting goaltender was injured in Sochi but the experience and success he enjoyed will benefit him and the team long term.

Therrien wouldn't disclose his starting goalie or lineup changes for Wednesday's game versus the Boston Bruins, but said winger Brandon Prust (upper-body injury) is ready to return. Prust missed the last seven games after injuring himself on the first day back following the week off for the Olympic break.

Budaj has handled the responsibilities in net for Montreal with Price's absence, with Dustin Tokarski backing up.

Price has a 26-17-5 record this season for the Canadiens, with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

The Canadiens are home to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and they travel to Buffalo on Sunday.

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