NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Montreal
(Sunday, December 21st)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Tuomo Ruutu's 11th goal of the season, coming 1:43 into overtime, lifted Carolina over Montreal, 3-2, at the Bell Centre.
On the winner, Ruutu slipped by several players as well as Habs goaltender Carey Price on a wraparound. The puck trickled through Price's pads and settled near the left post before Ruutu dove forward and knocked the disc into the net.
Eric Staal posted a goal and two helpers while Sergei Samsonov added a goal and one assist for the Hurricanes, who have won three of their last four.
"Our team showed our skating legs for 60-plus minutes. Something about this building brings out the best in a lot of guys in this room. We'll take the two points. It's a lot of fun to try and silence over 21,000 fans," noted Staal about Carolina, which has won seven of its last eight games in Montreal.
Cam Ward made 26 stops for his 11th win of the season.
Matt D'Agostini and Robert Lang netted a goal each for the Canadiens, whose two-game win streak was halted. Price made 24 saves in the loss, Montreal's fourth in six outings.
"Sometimes you don't get a break," Price said. "We didn't get one from the guys in the stripes but you don't need to ask anything of them. You just have to make your own deal."
Samsonov tormented his former club for a 1-0 Carolina lead, beating a Habs defenseman and tucking his own rebound home with 6:12 left in the first period.
"It's just one of those things," Samsonov said. "I like to take advantage of my opportunities.
D'Agostini tied the game at the 6:10 mark of the second, sliding a rebound into an open net, but Staal converted a cross-crease pass from Samsonov for a power-play goal and a 2-1 Hurricanes edge at 14:52.
Montreal knotted the game, 2-2, on Lang's power-play tally with 6:52 left in regulation. Habs defenseman Patrice Brisebois held the puck at the left point and dished into the circle, where Lang one-timed the puck past a sliding Ward.
Carolina won the season series, 3-0-1...Habs forward Alex Tanguay registered a pair of assists.
12/21 22:26:54 ET