NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Montreal
(Saturday, October 13th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Matt Cullen's power-play goal in the final minute of the second period gave Carolina the lead, and Cam Ward stopped 23 shots, as the Hurricanes beat Montreal, 3-1, in the Canadiens' home opener.
Cory Stillman also scored on the man advantage and Chad LaRose added an empty- net tally for the Hurricanes, who got two assists from Justin Williams. The Hurricanes are in the midst of a six-game road swing and have won the last three contests of the trip.
"We knew they would come out firing, you know it being their home opener," said Ward, who posted his fourth straight win. "But our guys responded well after that first goal against."
Christopher Higgins had the lone goal for the Canadiens, while Cristobal Huet made 35 stops in net. Montreal was dealt its first regulation loss of the season.
"There was a lack of concentration against a good team like the Hurricanes," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We played 10 minutes of the game and then individual play caused us to lose the puck at their blue line constantly."
This was the second game between the teams this campaign after the Canadiens won the season opener, 3-2 in overtime on October 3.
Erik Cole centered the puck from below the left circle to Cullen, who directed the disc from the slot past an out-of-position Huet with 34 seconds left in the second period, boosting the Hurricanes to a 2-1 lead.
Ward closed his pads to make a sliding save on a shot from Higgins midway through the third period. The netminder then made a stop on a short shot from the left side by Andrei Markov and second later Williams stole a loose puck in the slot. That led to LaRose's empty-net goal with 15.5 seconds left.
Higgins scored 1:12 into the game on a rebound, but Stillman countered with 4:08 left in the first on a scramble in front of Huet during a two-man advantage.
Carolina wraps its road trek in Pennsylvania, as they will travel to both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia next week...Montreal's victory over Carolina last week snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Hurricanes, though, have still won eight of the last 10 meetings. That includes five straight wins in Montreal for Carolina.
10/13 22:20:32 ET