November 30, 2015 / 6:39 PM / in 3 years

Canadiens' Price out at least six weeks with injury

(Reuters) - Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price will miss at least six weeks with a lower-body injury that will not require surgery, the National Hockey League’s leading team said on Monday.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) deflects a shot by the New York Rangers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Price, the NHL’s reigning Most Valuable Player and Vezina Trophy winner as the top goalie, was re-injured on Wednesday in only his third game back after missing the previous nine games with a lower-body injury.

“Carey met with doctors on Saturday, and on Sunday I was able to confirm that he’d be out at least six weeks.” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin told reporters.

“Losing a key player always hurts, but I believe in the character of our players to weather the storm.”

The 28-year-old Price, who won a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is 10-2 with a 2.06 goals against average and .934 save percentage in 12 games this season.

When Price went down earlier this season, backup Mike Condon went 5-1-2 with a 2.31 GAA and .909 save percentage in eight games for a Montreal team that are one point ahead of the Dallas Stars for most points in the NHL.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Larry Fine

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