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Canadiens call up Lapierre and Grabovski

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Mikhail Grabovski (left) and Maxim Lapierre


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Friday that centres Maxim Lapierre and Mikhail Grabovski have been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.

This is the third time this season that Lapierre, 21, has been called up by the Canadiens. In four games with the team, he collected four points, including three goals (3-1-4) and posted a plus/minus rating of plus-5. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound forward, a native of Saint-Leonard, scored a goal in each of his last three games with the Canadiens, including the game-winner in a 5-2 victory in Buffalo, on December 19. In 32 games with the Bulldogs this season, Lapierre, the Canadiens' second round draft pick (61st overall) in 2003, has registered nine goals and 12 assists for a total of 21 points. He totaled 55 penalty minutes and posted a plus/minus rating of plus-7.

Grabovski, 22, is playing in his first season in the American Hockey League. Before Friday's contest, the native of Potsdam, East Germany, was third among Bulldogs' scorers with 28 points, including 10 goals (10-18-28), in 35 games. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound forward has totaled 14 penalty minutes and has posted a plus/minus rating of plus-6. Grabovski, the Canadiens' fourth pick (150th overall) in 2004, has yet to make his NHL debut.

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