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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Montreal

(Saturday, December 6th)

Final Score: Montreal 3, Carolina 1

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder had a goal and an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the finale of a home-and-home series at the Bell Centre.

The two teams met Friday and played to a 1-1 stalemate in Raleigh.

Saku Koivu and Andreas Dackell also scored for the Canadiens, who remained unbeaten in their last five games (3-0-2). Jose Theodore made 22 saves in the win.

Danny Markov scored the only goal of the contest for the Hurricanes, who remained winless in their last three (0-1-1-1). Kevin Weekes stopped 23 of 26 shots in the losing effort.

The Canadiens applied relentless pressure in the opening stanza, and it finally paid off late in the period. After two scoring opportunities were denied by the iron, Montreal got on the board with 2:37 left in the first. Dackell scored the goal as he grabbed a rebound of a Steve Begin shot from the circle, skated around the off-balance goaltender and deposited the puck in the vacated net for a 1-0 lead.

It appeared the Canadiens had doubled their lead, but a great play from Bret Hedican kept it at a one-goal game. As the puck trickled through Weekes and headed toward the goal line, Hedican streaked in and swept the puck out of harms way to allow Carolina to stay in the game.

Montreal eventually did open a two-goal advantage after a one-timer from the high slot by Ryder. His shot beat Weekes five-hole, as the puck just trickled through the netminder's pads almost midway through the final period.

Ryder's goal proved especially important after the Hurricanes cut the deficit in half with 8:16 left in the contest. Markov ripped a shot from the point through a screen in front, making it a 2-1 game.

But Montreal proved to be too much, as Koivu made it 3-1 less than two minutes later when he slammed a rebound past Weekes. Koivu's second goal of the season with 6:34 to play closed out the scoring.

Game Notes

Richard Zednik missed the game for Montreal to attend the birth of his child...Carolina has dropped three of its last four in Montreal...The Hurricanes fell to 2-8-3 on the road this season.

12/06 21:35:59 ET

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