Price aggravated a minor leg injury that he suffered during the Olympics and was forced to leave the Canadiens morning skate Wednesday. It was Price’s first appearance on the ice since his return from Sochi.
Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien told reporters, “During the Olympics Carey aggravated a lower body injury so he won’t play the next two games. He’s going to stay in Montreal even if we leave after the game and it’s day-to-day. We’ll see where he’s at for Friday’s practice.”
The Canadiens won’t confirm it of course but, speculation is Price was playing through a minor groin pull prior to the Olympics and aggravated it in Sochi.
Dustin Tokarski has been called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs to back up Peter Budaj who was already scheduled to start in Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings will also be in goal when the Canadiens face the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Whether Price will be available for Saturday’s game against Toronto is unknown.
The domino effect of the Tokarski callup was the recall of goaltender Mike Condon from the ECHL Wheeling Nailers to back up Robert Mayer. At Wheeling, Condon has a record of 17-11-4 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts. He currently ranks in the top-10 in the ECHL in wins, goals-against average, save percentage, minutes played and saves. He played in three games for Hamilton earlier in the season.
Canadiens Communications Announcement of Tokarski Recall
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have recalled goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Bulldogs.
In 34 games with Hamilton this season, Tokarski has a record of 17-13-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and one shutout. He recently participated in the 2014 AHL All-Star Classic in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 228 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Norfolk Admirals, Syracuse Crunch and Bulldogs, the 24-year-old has a record of 121-85-14 with a 2.44 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 18 shutouts. In seven career National Hockey League games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he a record of 1-3-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .871 save percentage.
Tokarski was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the fifth round (122nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.