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Kostitsyn called up from Hamilton

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday that forward Andrei Kostitsyn has been recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. He will join the Canadiens this morning in Nashville.

Kostitsyn, 22, has played in 50 of the Bulldogs 56 games so far this season, collecting 21 goals and 31 assists for a total of 52 points, tied for first place with Duncan Milroy among Bulldogs players. He has totaled 50 penalty minutes and posted a +24 plus/minus rating, tops among Bulldogs players and fourth in the AHL. He also holds first place on the Bulldogs in assists, tied with Mikhail Grabovski.

The Novopolotsk, Belarus native has collected at least one point in each of his last 11 games (9-11-20) with the Bulldogs. He has recorded 15 multiple-point games so far this season, including one five-point game (2-3-5) on December 15, 2006, at Rochester.

Kostitsyn is playing in his third AHL season, all with the Bulldogs. In his AHL career, he has played in 180 games, scoring 51 goals and adding 71 assists for a total of 122 points. The Canadiens’ 1st pick (10th overall) in 2003, the 6-foot, 202-pound right-winger has scored two goals and added one assist in 16 NHL games, including four this season.

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