Carey Price suffers injury, out next 2 games
Goalie returned Monday from gold winning effort with Canada
Goalie Carey Price left early from his first practice back with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, and will not play the next two games, the team later revealed.
Price, 25, just returned to the team Monday after helping lead Canada to gold at the Sochi Olympics.
Coach Michel Therrien said after practice that Price had aggravated a lower-body injury during the Winter Games and will miss the Canadiens' next two games. The Anahim Lake, B.C., native is considered day-to-day with the injury.
As a result, Peter Budaj will start Montreal's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Bell Centre on Wednesday.
Therrien's comment was news to Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who coached Canada to gold for a second straight time. Babcock said he was unaware of any Price injury.
But Canada captain Sidney Crosby, speaking to reporters in Pittsburgh, said Price was ailing in Sochi and handled both the pressure of the starting job and his injury well.
"I think it was something that didn't just happen at the Olympics," said Crosby. "I think it's something he's been battling for a while."
The Habs visit Pittsburgh on Thursday and host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.
Therrien said that Price will not accompany the team to Pittsburgh and would be re-evaluated on Friday.
The Canadiens are calling up Dustin Tokarski from the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League to back up Budaj.
Price had two shutouts in his final two of five Olympic games as Canada's goalie at the Sochi Olympics. He sported a 0.59 goals-against average and .971 save percentage to help the team to Canada's third gold medal in men's hockey in the last four Olympics.
Price has a 26-17-5 record this season for the Canadiens, with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.
With files from The Canadian Press