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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Carolina

(Monday, January 23rd)

Final Score: Carolina 7, Montreal 3

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Eric Staal and Justin Williams each had a goal and two assists to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 7-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the RBC Center.

Erik Cole and Andrew Ladd each chipped in a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have won 10 of their last 11 games since December 31. Their only setback during the run came last Saturday in a 5-2 loss to Washington.

Cam Ward made 31 saves for Carolina, which set a franchise record with its eighth consecutive victory at home.

Tomas Plekanec netted two goals and Francis Bouillon scored the other for the Canadiens, who have lost their last three contests.

Jose Theodore allowed five goals on 18 shots before being pulled in the third period. Cristobal Huet replaced him in net and stopped 17-of-19 shots for Montreal, which has dropped seven straight games on the road.

The Hurricanes drew first blood in the game on a goal by Bret Hedican. Chad Larose brought the puck behind the Canadiens net and sent a pass to Hedican at the left point. Hedican let fly a wrister that went through a screen and into the left corner of the net at the 7:26 mark of the opening period.

Carolina made it a 2-0 game late in the first stanza. Kevyn Adams had the puck behind the left side of the net and got it to Craig Adams, who snapped a one- timer that beat Theodore on the left side with 2:45 left.

The Canadiens got on the board early in the second period to make it a one- goal game. Steve Begin hit a flying Plekanec right before the Hurricanes' blue line. Plekanec faked to the backhand, and from the forehand put the disc past the outstretched right pad of Ward just 2:23 into the session.

However, the Hurricanes scored two quick power-play goals to take a 4-1 advantage. Staal let fly a slap shot from the top of the left circle that Matt Cullen redirected in front of the net for a 5-on-3 tally at the 6:07 mark of the second. Just 49 seconds later, Staal snapped a wrister from the slot that went over Theodore's left pad for his 31st goal of the season.

"To get the one 5-on-3 gave us a lift, and then to come back and get another one was big," said Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. "Obviously it was a big second period for us. I think we were in control of the game at that point."

A little less than two minutes later, Ladd poked in the puck during a scrum in front of the net to make it a 5-1 game. Theodore was then pulled after this goal and replaced by Huet.

Williams made it 6-1 on a laser of a shot that beat Huet over the right shoulder just 3:32 into the final period.

Montreal netted a power-play goal with 3:41 left thanks to Bouillon's third tally of the season. A little over a minute later Carolina got a score by Cole to restore the five-goal lead.

Plekanec netted his second marker of the game with 39 seconds left to account for the final score.

Game Notes

The Hurricanes go on the road and play Florida on Wednesday...Montreal continues its current six-game road trip at Philadelphia on Wednesday...Cole has a seven-game point streak. He has five goals and five assists during the run...Montreal is 1-13-3 in its last 17 road games...Carolina has won three of its last four games against Montreal.

01/23 22:58:25 ET

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