NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Montreal
(Saturday, February 17th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Montreal 3
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored twice to reach 400 goals for his NHL career, as the Carolina Hurricanes continued their domination of the Canadiens with a 5-3 victory at the Bell Centre.
Eric Staal finished with a goal and two assists, while Erik Cole and Chad LaRose also lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who won for the second time in three contests overall and beat Montreal for the seventh time in the last eight encounters.
Cam Ward made a season-high 42 stops for Carolina, but the night belonged to Brind'Amour, who scored with 9.5 seconds left in the second period to give his team a 3-2 lead.
"As far as I see it, it's not what I'm thinking about right now," Brind'Amour said of his milestone. "But when I'm done I can at least tell my kids I wasn't a bad player."
David Aebischer made 27 saves for the Canadiens, who lost their season-high sixth straight game. Sheldon Souray, Radek Bonk and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal.
The Canadiens announced goaltender Cristobal Huet will undergo surgery Sunday for a left hamstring injury and will be out indefinitely..
"Everybody has to step up their game," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "It's never easy when you lose a player of Huet's caliber, but now we have to keep pushing. Six losses in a row is not what the players want, it's not what the coaches want."
Carolina went ahead for good in the closing seconds of the second when Ray Whitney notched his 43rd assist of the season with a pass from behind the net to Brind'Amour, who backhanded the puck past Aebischer for his second power play goal of the night.
Cole then scored on a shot from the right circle with 7:18 remaining and Staal put in an empty-netter with over a minute left.
Plekanec was awarded a penalty shot after being hindered from behind from Frantisek Kaberle. Plekanec then scored on a backhander with under a minute left for the final margin.
Souray scored at 17:36 of the first, but Brind'Amour tied it 1:18 into the second. Cole nearly tipped in the puck, but it deflected off of him to Brind'Amour, who capitalized on the loose disc.
LaRose batted a rebound out of the air just over 10 minutes later while the Hurricanes were shorthanded, but Bonk's goal, a tip-in from the low slot after a pass from Steve Begin at 12:43, tied the game.
Carolina is 21-0 when leading after two periods this season....Carolina capitalized on both of its power plays, while Montreal was 0-for-3...The Hurricanes are 28-6-3 when Brind'Amour registers a point this season. He has 1,046 career points, tied with former Canadien Henri Richard for 60th place on the all-time list...The Canadiens will start Jaroslav Halak in net for Sunday's game at Columbus.
02/17 22:23:10 ET