Tracking the Storm: Analysis
With the shootout loss, the Carolina Hurricanes extend their point streak to three games. That’s one of the main positives to take out of the game, in addition to the way the team came out of the gates – they scored two quick goals in the first six minutes. From the second period on, things got sloppy. “We’re happy with the way we came out,” Brandon Sutter said. Sutter had a goal in the third period that gave the Canes a brief 3-2 lead. “It’s a tough way for the game to end.” The game seemed to turn around when Montreal netted a shorthanded goal at 9:06 of the second period. “Two goal leads are sometimes the toughest ones,” Jay Harrison said. “It just takes a shot for the other team to gain momentum.” After the Canadiens scored that goal, the Canes never really found that jump they had right out of the gate. It became a choppy game. “I think that was the changer of the game,” head coach Paul Maurice said of the shorthanded goal. “After that, it was as sloppy of a game as you’ll see for both teams.” The Canes are winless in extra hockey this season. Two of those games, including tonight, have gone to shootouts. The other came just about a month ago on October 25 in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators. Carolina last won in a shootout on March 29 in a 3-2 victory over the Capitals. The defensive pairing of Harrison and Justin Faulk continues to impress. Harrison logged over 29 minutes of ice time tonight and Faulk was over 26 minutes. Faulk recorded an assist on the Canes’ first goal from Jiri Tlusty, and both defensemen were plus-one in the game. After three straight games of good efforts, this game was a bit of a setback. The good news is that the whole game won’t be written off; the way the Canes played in early in the first period is something to hone in on. “I didn’t care for this,” Maurice said of the game as a whole. “It was kind of an ugly game.” Never the less, the Canes still come away with a point and put forth a much better game against Montreal than we saw a week ago. Finally, a quick stats gem courtesy of CanesPR and the Elias Sports Bureau. Cousins Brandon Sutter (1g, 1a) and Brett Sutter (1a) each had points tonight. The last time two members of the Sutter family had points in the same game was March 14, 1994 when Rich (CHI) and Ron (QUE) each had a point. The last time two Sutter teammates had points was March 3, 1994 when Brent (2 points) and Rich (1 point) got on the scoresheet for Chicago.
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Recap (Associated Press)
RALEIGH, N.C (AP) - Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens got the better of the Carolina Hurricanes for the second time this month.
Price fended off Carolina early before Montreal rallied for a 4-3 shootout win on Wednesday night.
Brian Gionta scored the lone goal in the shootout and Price stopped all three Carolina shooters as Montreal picked up its third win in five games.
The Canadiens improved to 10-9-3 and snapped Carolina's two-game winning streak.
The Canadiens also beat the Hurricanes 4-0 on Nov. 16 at the Bell Centre
"They were definitely thinking about the last time we played them," said Price, who finished with 31 saves.
"They were probably looking for a little bit of retribution and we knew they would come out hard and play well."
Tlusty's goal came 34 seconds into the game after his shot near the blue line glanced off the left post and skidded along the goal line behind Price. The puck almost went all the way through, but Price fell backward and knocked the puck into his own net.
"It rolled right along the goal line and I saw their guy charging the net so I tried to lay out and I knocked it in with my stick," Price said.
When Stewart made a one-timer from the slot to give Carolina a two-goal cushion at the 6-minute mark, the Hurricanes seemed to have all the momentum.
Montreal fought back to tie the game by getting a short-handed goal from Lars Eller at 9:06 of the second and then the Canadiens knotted the score at 2-2 when Michael Cammalleri tipped in a pass from Josh Gorges 27 seconds into the third period.
"In the first period we weren't good," Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. "They won more battles and were on the puck. They were more determined. After that we came back strong in the second, created several good chances, capitalized and persisted as we should have."
Brandon Sutter's goal at 3:18 of the third gave Carolina a brief 3-2 lead, but Travis Moen evened the score again when picked up his 100th career point.
In overtime, Carolina captain Eric Staal had a solid shot bounce off the post with 1:30 left. The Canadiens also had a pair of chances in the extra period that Carolina's Cam Ward, who had 30 saves, stopped with stellar goaltending.
NOTES: Montreal D Hal Gill returned to the lineup after missing the past five games with an infection. ... With cousins Brandon and Brett Sutter picking up assists for Carolina, it marked the first time since March 3, 1994, that two Sutter teammates registered points when Brent had two and Rich got one for Chicago against Calgary. ... Montreal got its second short-handed goal of the season on Eller's tally in the second period.
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