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Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to miss rest of playoff series with lower-body injury

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    Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price skates away from the net after a goal by the Ottawa Senators during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Senators won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)The Associated Press

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    Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad, second from left, celebrates his goal alongside teammate Zack Smith as Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price looks back into the net alongside teammate Jarred Tinordi during the third period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)The Associated Press

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    Ottawa Senators' Matt Kassian (28) watches as Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Markov blocks a shot in front Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Ottawa, Ontario, on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)The Associated Press

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will miss the rest of first-round playoff series with the Ottawa Senators because of a lower-body injury.

The team announced the decision Thursday before Game 5, with Montreal trailing 3-1 and facing possible elimination. Price has struggled during the series and appeared to hurt his groin late in regulation of Game 4.

With Price out, Peter Budaj is to make his first career playoff start. Robert Mayer of the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs is his backup.

The Canadiens have been hit hard by injuries. A day earlier, captain Brian Gionta was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with a torn left biceps tendon. He is to have surgery Friday. Also injured are forwards Lars Eller, Brandon Prust and Ryan White.