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Rookie Carey Price was recalled Monday by the Montreal Canadiens. ((Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) )

Rookie Carey Price was recalled Monday by the Montreal Canadiens, who returned fellow netminder Jaroslav Halak to Hamilton of the AHL.

Price, 20, began the season in Montreal, and posted a 9-7-3 record with a 2.90 goals-against average in 19 appearances at the NHL level.

He was demoted Jan. 8 to Hamilton, where he was 6-4-0 and posted a 2.69 goals-against average in 10 games.

Price, a Vancouver native drafted fifth overall in 2005, is considered Montreal's top goaltending prospect.

Halak, 22, played just 40 minutes in his second stint with the Canadiens, stopping 19 of 20 shots.

Drafted in the ninth round (271st overall) by Montreal in 2003, he went 10-6-0 with a 2.89 GAA in 16 appearances last season.

With files from the Canadian Press