Habs' Price not right for tilt with Maple Leafs

Team Canada's Carey Price makes a save against Sweden during the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game at...

Team Canada's Carey Price makes a save against Sweden during the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome Sunday Feb. 23, 2014. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:16 PM ET

Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk will have to wait for their opportunity to exact revenge against Canadian Olympic star Carey Price.

Exactly one week after Price blanked Kessel, JVR and the rest of Team USA 1-0 in the semifinal of the Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi, Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien Friday ruled his No. 1 goaltender out for Saturday’s classic clash against the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

Price, who has missed the Habs previous two post-Olympic games with an undisclosed injury, will not even dress against the Leafs. Instead, Peter Budaj will get the start with Dustin Tokarski serving as Montreal’s backup.

With Budaj between the pipes, the Canadiens have captured three of a possible four points this week, losing a 2-1 overtime decision to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday before producing some shootout heroics in a 6-5 Habs victory against Sidney Crosby and the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.


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