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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Montreal



(Tuesday, November 17th)

Final Score: Montreal 3, Carolina 2 (SO)

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal in six shootout rounds while Carey Price made an astonishing save to preserve the win, as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, at Bell Centre.

Andrei Kostitsyn and Max Pacioretty scored in regulation for Montreal, which has won two of its last three games. Price finished with 30 saves and Tomas Plekanec assisted on both goals in the winning effort.

Brandon Sutter and Jussi Jokinen scored for the woeful Hurricanes, who fell to 1-5-2 in the month of November. Michael Leighton started between the pipes for Carolina and finished with 10 saves, but left the game early in the second period due to a groin strain. He is considered day-to-day. Manny Legace took over in the second period and he allowed one goal on 24 shots.

"We played a very solid road game," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice. "Overall, we played very well."

After the three scheduled shootout rounds failed to produce a winner, the next two extra frames still did not result in a goal for either side. Finally, in the sixth round, Lapierre's high wrist shot from atop the crease after several deke moves lit the lamp.

The Carolina shooter designated to try to extend it was Matt Cullen. Cullen changed his speed during his strides to the net and had Price fooled with a wide open net at which to shoot. Price, though, from the butterfly position along the ice, made an incredible save with the very edge of his right skate as the Habs benched emptied to celebrate the win..

"On that last save, Cullen made a great move -- that's one of the better moves I've seen in a shootout," Price said. "He had me beat, but I just stuck my foot back there and hoped for the best. The best happened."

The Hurricanes remained the only team in the NHL without a road victory this season.

The Canadiens trailed 2-1 in the third period, but Kostitsyn's second goal of the season created a tie. Late in regulation, Kostitsyn hustled down the right-wing side and fired a shot that bounced off the back of the net and then ricocheted off the rear boards. Kostitsyn's skating momentum carried him behind the net -- exactly where the puck was -- and he collected the disc along the goal line on the left side. He then released a weak backhander that somehow found its way under the pads of Legace with 2:46 to go.

"We caught a bad break on the tying goal," Maurice added.

With this win, Montreal halted a three-game home winless skid.

The Habs opened the scoring 5:41 after the opening faceoff. Plekanec streaked down the left side and sent a centering pass into the low right slot, where Pacioretty collected the disc and rifled a sliding wrister into the back of the cage.

A pair of goals by Carolina in the second stanza gave the visitors a 2-1 edge after 40 minutes.

First, at the 3:28 mark, Sutter knotted the contest with his fifth goal of 2009-10. Ray Whitney carried the puck into the zone along the left side and, from the circle, slipped a pass into the low slot for a successful redirection one-timer by Sutter.

A costly turnover by Montreal blueliner Jaroslav Spacek led to Carolina's second marker. Spacek's routine clearing attempt from his own goal line was intercepted by Cullen in the neutral zone along the left half-wall. Cullen raced back the other way and slipped a cross-ice pass to Jokinen, who fired a one-time snap shot from inside the right circle that lit the lamp with 13:40 to go in the period.

Game Notes

Carolina is now 0-7-3 on the road in 2009-10, while the Canadiens improved to 6-5-0 at home...Both teams were scoreless on seven total power-play chances, four of which were awarded to Carolina...Plekanec has 15 assists this season.

11/17 23:25:35 ET


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