NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, October 28th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (4-2-1) at Montreal Canadiens (5-1-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to complete a five-game
homestand on a positive note when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes for
tonight's test at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens began the season on a three-game road trip and are 3-1-0 so far
on the season-opening homestand.
Montreal had won the first three tests of the residency, but are coming off
Saturday's loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks. Corey Perry scored once and
added two assists, and Travis Moen notched the game-winner as the Ducks used a
string of four consecutive goals to top Montreal, 6-4.
Alex Tanguay lit the lamp twice for Montreal, which had its five-game win
streak halted. Tom Kostopoulos and Saku Koivu each scored once in the loss,
while the Canadiens' goaltenders had a rough three periods.
Jaroslav Halak got the start and allowed four goals on just 12 shots, and was
replaced in the second period by Carey Price, who surrendered two goals on 13
After tonight, the Habs will begin a four-game road trip Thursday in
Meanwhile, Carolina is playing the fifth segment of a season-high, six-game
road trip tonight. The Hurricanes are 2-1-1 on the swing and are coming off
Saturday's thrilling win against the New York Islanders.
Cam Ward made 57 saves and denied Doug Weight on a penalty shot with 0.7
seconds remaining in the game to carry Carolina to the 4-3 victory at Nassau
Ward allowed three goals, while Chad LaRose scored twice for the Hurricanes,
who had dropped three of four coming in.
Trailing by a goal with less than five seconds showing on the clock, the
Islanders sent the puck in front of the net and Carolina defenseman Tim
Gleason intentionally covered up the loose disc in the crease, which resulted
in a penalty shot with 0.7 seconds left.
Weight's attempt to send the game into overtime hit Ward directly in his chest
and the goaltender covered up to seal the win.
The Hurricanes have a solid 3-1-1 record as the visiting club this season.
Carolina has taken two of three and five of the last seven tests against the
Canadiens and has won six straight in Montreal. In fact, the road team has won
six straight in this series.
10/28 10:59:24 ET