Carey Price out another week, does not require surgery

The Montreal Canadiens have more than appreciated the play of Mike Condon, filling in for the injured Carey Price, with Paul Byron even saying lately it's been hard to tell them apart in the net.

BROSSARD, Que.— Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss another week with a lower-body injury but will not require surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

Price was in New York Monday to seek out a second opinion after not responding well to treatment last week.

“The good news is that his diagnosis hasn’t changed,” said coach Michel Therrien in French. “He won’t play this week, but we’ll wait for him to react better to treatment and hopefully get his skates back on to get back on the ice soon.”

Therrien said surgery was never on the table as an option for Price.

“That’s good for him mentally,” said Therrien. “There’s no worry.”

The Canadiens play Wednesday in Pittsburgh before returning home to host the Colorado Avalanche Saturday.

Backup Mike Condon, who is 4-0-1 in Price’s absence, is expected to start both games.

“He was the third star in the NHL last week; good for him, good for his confidence,” said Therrien. “He’s got an opportunity to play more than he probably expected, with the injury to Carey Price. But he responds the right way, he’s got maturity, he’s taking the good approach about playing one game at a time, and he’s working really hard.”

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