Following Saturday night’s remarkable 5-4 comeback overtime win over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens headed to Buffalo, where they will face the Sabres Sunday night (7 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
But goaltender Carey Price didn’t make the trip. After playing in his first game Saturday since suffering a lower-body injury at the Sochi Olympics, the Canadiens decided to leave Price behind to rest after he made 30 saves to improve his record to 27-17-5. Coach Michel Therrien said he didn’t want Price playing in back-to-back games so soon after coming back from injury.
The Canadiens recalled goalie Dustin Tokarski from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday morning. The Canadiens had sent Tokarski down Saturday, but he never actually left Montreal and was at Saturday’s game.
Therrien announced Sunday afternoon that Tokarski will get the start in goal against the Sabres and that Jarred Tinordi, who was a healthy scratch Saturday, will return to the lineup, taking Douglas Murray’s spot.
In two appearances with the Canadiens since Price went down Tokarski has a 1-0 record with a 2.91 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
Neither the Canadiens or Sabres held a morning skate on Sunday.
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