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Gold medal-winning goalie Carey Price out for Canadiens due to Olympic injury

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Days removed for backstopping Canada en route to a gold medal, goaltender Carey Price has been removed from the Montreal Canadiens lineup with an injury.

The team announced Wednesday that Price aggravated an existing injury during Olympic competition, and will not play in the Habs’ next two games.

“It’s a lower-body injury that he aggravated during the Olympics,” said head coach Michel Therrien. “We want to ensure that he’s completely healthy when he returns to the lineup. His situation is one that we’ll be evaluating day by day.”

Despite potentially not being 100 percent during the tournament, Price was masterful during the Olympics., having been named the tournament’s top goaltender. Undefeated for Canada, Price allowed only three goals in five games; and had a staggering .972 save percentage.

Replacing Price in net will be backup goaltender Peter Budaj. Budaj was also in Sochi, representing his native Slovakia for the third straight Olympic games.

Montreal has recalled goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL to serve as backup to Budaj.

Prior to the injury, Price had been a workhorse for the Canadiens, ranking second in the NHL with 48 games played. He currently ranks second in the league in shots faced (1,459), shutouts (4)m fifth in wins (26) and seventh in save percentage (.925).