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Maxwell, Subban return to Hamilton

The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that center Ben Maxwell and defenseman P.K. Subban have been assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Both players will join their teammates in time for the decisive Game 7 of the AHL Western Conference Finals, between the Texas Stars and the Bulldogs, set to take place Wednesday night in Hamilton.

Maxwell, 22, was held pointless in 13 games with the Canadiens this season, recording six shots on goal and averaging 8:46 minutes of ice time per game. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward was also held pointless in one playoff game, his first NHL career playoff contest, on May 2 at Pittsburgh.

Maxwell finished fourth on the Bulldogs’ scoring list with 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 57 games. He also recorded 134 shots on goal, served 22 penalty minutes, while posting a plus-11 plus/minus differential. Five of his tallies were scored on the power play.

A native of North Vancouver, B.C., Maxwell was the Canadiens’ second pick (second round, 49th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Subban, 21, played two regular season games with the Canadiens in 2009-10, including his first career NHL game on Feb. 12 at Philadelphia, recording two points (0-2-2). Called up from the Bulldogs on April 26, the 6-foot, 206-pound defenseman played in 14 playoff games with the Canadiens, registering eight points (one goal, seven assists). He maintained a plus-2 plus/minus differential, registered 23 shots on goal and served six penalty minutes, while playing an average of 20:44 per game.

Subban was a First Team AHL All-Star and an AHL All-Rookie Team selection in 2009-10, tallying 18 goals, 35 assists and a plus-46 rating in 77 games with Hamilton. Subban contributed to the Bulldogs’ victory over the Manitoba Moose in the first round of the AHL playoffs, registering nine playoff points (three goals, six assists), including two game-winning goals.

The Toronto native was the Canadiens’ third pick (second round, 43rd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.