Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 18
seconds apart during a three-goal third period, and the Montreal Canadiens
blanked the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0, at the Bell Centre.
Brandon Prust potted the first goal for Montreal, which sits atop the
Northeast Division. Peter Budaj recorded his 10th career shutout with a 19-
"It's always a bonus when you get a shutout," Budaj said. "We played good
defensive hockey, lots of blocked shots."
Cam Ward stopped 23 shots for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.
"We just didn't have enough jump or enough energy" said Hurricanes captain
Both teams entered play riding three-game winning streaks.
The contest remained scoreless until the 2:06 mark of the third. Standout
rookie Alex Galchenyuk gained the blue line and Prust finished off the rush by
putting the puck behind Ward.
"We got off to a good start after the (second) intermission and put pressure
on them right away," Prust said.
Plekanec made it 2-0 when he let go a slap shot from the left circle that
clipped Ward's left shoulder at 12:03.
The Canadiens quickly struck again as Pacioretty, a 33-goal scorer last
season, finally netted his first tally of 2013. It was a fluky goal, with Ward
misplaying Pacioretty's dump-in from center ice.
Staal had his point streak snapped at 11 games ... Montreal had been
outscored 14-8 in the third period this season ... The Hurricanes placed
defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason on injured reserve Monday with
lower-body injuries ... Carolina also played without skilled forward Jeff
Skinner (upper-body injury) on Monday ... Montreal rookie forward Brendan
Gallagher missed the game with a concussion suffered Saturday against
Forslund talks Canes and Caps John Forslund joined Adam and Joe to preview the Hurricanes and the Capitals. Right now, the team does not play with a consistent work ethic. Slow starts have become way too frequent. Carolina needs to turn things around, and the front line has to lead the way.
Muller: I thought that was Jordan's best game Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller was very pleased with the efforts of the Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer, and Nathan Gerbe line, which scored both Hurricanes' goals in a 2-1 win over Colorado.
Muller: We lost a chess match Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller says his team went toe-to-toe with one of the best in the Western Conference ,but fell a little short against the Minnesota Wild.
Hurricanes fall to Blackhawks in shootout, 3-2 The Carolina Hurricanes rallied from two goals down in the third period to send the game to overtime Tuesday at PNC Arena, but Chicago's Patrick Sharp tallied the lone goal of the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 win.
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