NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Montreal|
(Tuesday, February 6th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Frantisek Kaberle, who was playing in his
first game of the season, scored the game-winning goal in the third period to
help the Carolina Hurricanes get back on the winning track with a 2-1 victory
over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Kaberle, who was activated off the injured reserve before the game, had been
inactive all season due to shoulder surgery he underwent last September.
"It's nice to come back and score the winning goal," said Kaberle. "We won, it
was nice, we battled and we were the better team."
Justin Williams scored the other goal while Cam Ward made 25 saves for the
Hurricanes, who had dropped six of their last seven games coming into the
"It was a great team effort and everybody was able to pick up their game,"
said Ward. "I said I was going to come up with some big saves but the team
played a great game."
Alex Kovalev scored the lone goal and David Aebischer stopped 32 shots in the
loss for the Canadiens, who have dropped three of their last four games.
"We allowed two goals on the PK," said Saku Koivu. "We are not shutting down
teams on the PK like we did before."
In the final frame, while on the power play, Kaberle unleashed a blast from
the left point that went through traffic and beat Aebischer on the stick side
with 9:08 to play.
Ward made the lead hold as he stopped seven shots in the final frame to
preserve the victory.
Despite a total of 20 shots between the two teams in the first period,
Carolina had 11, neither found the back of the net in the frame.
Carolina drew first blood in the game 2:26 into the second period when
Williams scored a power-play goal, his 27th goal of the season, to give his
team a 1-0 lead.
Montreal, though, tied the game a little over two minutes later when Tomas
Plekanec won a left circle faceoff and drew the puck back to Kovalev, who
fired a wrist shot over the left pad of Ward for his 13th goal of the
To make room for Kaberle, the Hurricanes assigned defenseman Anton Babchuk to
the team's AHL affiliate in Albany. Babchuk had appeared in 51 games this
season with two goals and 12 assists...Carolina continues its three-game road
trip in Boston on Thursday...The Canadiens play in Ottawa on
Thursday...Carolina center Rod Brind'Amour had two assists in the
game...Carolina went 2-for-3 on the power play while Montreal failed to score
on either of its two chances.
02/06 22:40:54 ET