Canadiens over­come Hur­ri­canes 2-1

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MON­TREAL:

The Mon­treal Canadiens slowed down the streak­ing Carolina Hur­ri­canes. Max Pa­cioretty broke a tie 14 sec­onds into the third pe­riod and the NHL-lead­ing Canadiens beat Carolina 2-1 on Thurs­day night to end the Hur­ri­canes’ win­ning streak at five games. Carey Price made 31 saves, and An­drew Shaw also scored for Mon­treal. The Canadiens im­proved to 15-4-2 and avenged a 3-2 loss last week in Carolina with backup Al Mon­toya in goal.

“We played solid de­fen­sively against a hot Hur­ri­canes team,” Shaw said. “Ev­ery­one was con­tribut­ing at both ends. They’d won five in a row and we knew they’d be fly­ing.” Elias Lind­holm scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward stopped 21 shots. “You’re not go­ing to win ev­ery game,” Hur­ri­canes for­ward Jeff Skin­ner said. “Some games you get the bounces and oth­ers you don’t, but we have to be­lieve in the sys­tem. There’s a lot of pos­i­tive things in our game.”

The Hur­ri­canes dropped to 8-7-4. “We were up against a team that’s play­ing re­ally well,” Mon­treal coach Michel Ther­rien said. “It wasn’t by luck that they won five in a row.” The Canadiens will play their next five on the road. “This trip comes at a good time,” Ther­rien. “It’s a big chal­lenge against good teams. I’m anx­ious to see how we play. We’re play­ing with con­fi­dence, which is im­por­tant.”

Pa­cioretty put Mon­treal ahead early the third when he took the re­bound of To­mas Plekanec’s shot off the end boards and banked it in off Ward. Carolina coach Bill Peters chal­lenged that Plekanec was off­side on the play but the goal stood up to video re­view. The Hur­ri­canes opened the scor­ing at 10:32 of the first pe­riod af­ter a bounce put Lind­holm in alone on the right side for a per­fect wrist shot to the top cor­ner. Shaw tied it at 12:08, fight­ing off a check to jam in a feed from be­hind the net by Charles Hudon.

NOTES

The Hur­ri­canes lead the NHL in penalty killing. They stopped both Mon­treal power plays and have not al­lowed a short-handed goal in 11 games (0 for 24) . ... Carolina outscored op­po­nents 14-5 dur­ing its fiveg­ame win­ning streak.

UP NEXT

Hur­ri­canes: Com­plete three-game Canadian trip at Ottawa on Satur­day night. Canadiens: Open five-game trip in Detroit on Satur­day night. They also will face Ana­heim, San Jose, Los An­ge­les and St Louis. — AP

RALEIGH: Brock McGinn #23 of the Carolina Hur­ri­canes skates against the Mon­treal Canadiens dur­ing the game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. — AFP

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