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Canadiens recall Denis and Maxwell

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that goaltender Marc Denis and forward Ben Maxwell have been recalled from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. 

Marc Denis, who joined the Canadiens as a free agent back on August 3, 2008, played in 19 of the Bulldogs' 26 games this season. He posted a record of 12 wins, including two shutouts, and six losses while posting a 2.60 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Denis was named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending November 2, 2008, after recording three wins in as many starts, stopping 96 of 99 shots directed at him. The 31-year old veteran has appeared in 348 NHL games with Colorado, Columbus and Tampa Bay, earning 112 wins and posting 16 shutouts.

Ben Maxwell, who was the Canadiens' second pick (49th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, is in his rookie season with the Hamilton Bulldogs after five seasons with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice. A left-shooting centreman, Maxwell currently ranks third on the Bulldogs' scoring list with 20 points in 26 games (eight goals, including four on the power play, and 12 assists). The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward, who will turn 21 on March 30, has also served 12 penalty minutes and is plus-1. 

Denis and Maxwell will arrive in Montreal tonight and will attend the team’s practice Saturday at the Bell Centre.

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