Injured Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made a brief appearance on the ice Tuesday and he shed some light on the lower-body injury that has sidelined him since he returned from the Sochi Olympics.

“I’m making a progress,” Price told the media after he spent 15 minutes on the ice during an optional workout at the Los Angeles Kings practice facility in El Segundo.

Price said the injury, which is believed to be a groin injury, first surfaced about three weeks before he left for Russia and he aggravated the injury during Team Canada’s second practice.

“It was manageable,” said Price, who played well enough to backstop Canada to a gold medal and be named the outstanding goaltender in the tournament,. “When I came back to Montreal, I didn’t feel good and it’s important that we take care of this and that I get back to being 100 per cent.”

Price participated in the morning skate prior to the Canadiens’ first post-Olympic game against Detroit, but left the practice after facing one shot. That was when the team’s medical staff told Price to shut it down.

Price said there was no timetable for his return to an active role, but he stressed it was not a season-ending ailment. He said he would not join his teammates for the morning skate Wednesday in Anaheim, but would probably skate on his own.

Peter Budaj has been filling in for Price and will make his fifth consecutive start Wednesday in the Ducks (10 p.m., TSN-Habs, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). He will be making his 19th appearance of the season, the most since the 2010-11 season, when he was the No. 1 goaltender in Colorado.