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Montreal defeats Hurricanes 4-2

Posted March 7, 2013

Final: Montreal 4, Carolina 2: Despite out-shooting Montreal 44-28, Justin Peters allowed 2 third-period goals and the Hurricanes fell to the Canadiens 4-2 on Thursday night in Raleigh.

12:04 third period: Montreal 4, Carolina 2: PK Suban increases the Canadiens lead with another goal less than two minutes after Eller broke the tie.

13:51 third period: Montreal 3, Carolina 2: A goal from Lars Eller broke the 2-2 third period tie at the PNC Arena in favor of Montreal.

9:00 second period: Carolina 2, Montreal 2: Cane's Drayson Bowman scored a slap-shot from just inside the blue line to even the score with Montreal at 2. 

13:53 second period: Montreal 2, Carolina 1: Hurricane's Jordan Staal took advantage of Patrick Dwyer's screen in front of the goal and sent one into the back of the net.

12:00 first period: Montreal 2, Carolina 0: Josh Gorges makes it 2-0 Montreal thanks to assists from Brandon Prust and PK Suban.

16:30 first period: Montreal 1, Carolina 0: Montreal's Brandon Prust made the most of an early power play scoring his fourth goal of the season. Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters had two Canadiens in front of him and Prust netted one through Peters legs. 


The Carolina Hurricanes try to extend their longest winning streak of the season and deal the Montreal Canadiens consecutive losses for the first time in a month as the two teams collide on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes have won four straight and five of their last six to open up a six-point lead for first place in the Southeast Division. They kicked off a three-game homestand with Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists and Justin Peters made 37 saves in his season debut and 23rd career start. Peters was recalled from the minors after Carolina announced that No. 1 netminder Cam Ward will miss the next 6- to-8 weeks due to a sprained MCL and was given that start because Dan Ellis was ill.

"He's a competitor," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said of Peters. "You take good and bad (because) you're learning all the time. He's been wanting to be here and he showed that he's prepared himself. He's matured and he was ready for a big game and had a really strong effort tonight."

As did Eric Staal, who logged three assists to surpass 600 career points. He has nine points over his last four games, while Jiri Tlusty has four goals and two assists over his past four games following a goal versus the Sabres. Jussi Jokinen finished with a goal and an assist.

Carolina takes aim at its longest winning streak since winning seven in a row from Feb. 5-March 4, 2010 against a Montreal club that had an 11-game point streak halted with Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders.

The Canadiens had gone 8-0-3 since getting shut out at home by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9.

Montreal got power-play goals from P.K. Subban and Brian Gionta to even the game at three, but the Islanders netted the final three goals and ruined Gionta's milestone goal, which was the 20,000th for the Canadiens franchise in NHL play.

"It's always nice with the history of this organization to be a part of it," said Gionta, "but we're looking at today and it was a tough game for us. We battled back to get ourselves into it."

Michael Ryder registered three assists and Carey Price made just 18 saves on 23 shots faced in defeat. He has yielded 12 goals in his last two games after having given up just three in the previous three games.

The Canadiens will play the third of a five-game road trip and have won six of their past nine versus the Hurricanes. That includes a 3-0 win at Montreal on Feb. 18, which saw Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty score 18 seconds apart during a three-goal third period.

Canadiens backup netminder Peter Budaj made 19 saves in the shutout.

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  • caniacman Mar 8, 11:59 a.m.

    Like every game there are questionable calls, but dont think the officials cost us this game. Habs came out strong, we did answer, but then we went flat in the 3rd and defensive breakdowns cost us. With the way our PP was going not sure any penalty calls on the Habs would have really helped! This was a tough game and we came up short. Have to just go and win Saturday to set up 3 huge divisional games!

  • AlphaTraz Mar 8, 9:28 a.m.

    Not sure I agree. Staal missed a penalty shot...and...the Canes did put up 44 shots. Whenever you put up 44 shots and lose it's just not your night.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 8, 7:28 a.m.

    no, more like the curse of dirty behind canadian teams and refs who turn a blind eye to... View More

    — Posted by Cragsdale

    That stinks more than losing fair and square, especially on home ice. I'm fine with losing if it's deserved, but if we lose because of the zebras, that's an entirely different story.

  • Cragsdale Mar 7, 11:33 p.m.

    no, more like the curse of dirty behind canadian teams and refs who turn a blind eye to penalties in favor of said teams. Definately going down in my book as one of the dirtiest and worst officiated games in a very long time. Had to win when it's 10v vs 6 or 10 vs 5...

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Mar 7, 10:11 p.m.

    The curse of the third period strikes again.

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