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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens (Game 3)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens (Game 3)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game 3 - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series “B”
Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m. (ET)
Bell Centre, Montreal, Que.

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Wednesday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens play Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Wednesday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Canadiens took Game 1 of the series, 6-1 at the RBC Center on Saturday, and scored a 6-5 double-overtime win in Game 2 on Monday to take a 2-0 series lead.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Hurricanes will remain in Montreal for a Thursday 1:15 p.m. practice at the Bell Centre in advance of Game 4 on Friday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

Television: FSN
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Hurricanes Current Streaks

Center Matt Cullen has scored goals and earned points in each of the last two games (4/22-4/24: 2g, 1a)

Milestone Watch

Right wing Mark Recchi is 2 points shy of 100 NHL playoff points

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed the last 21 games of the regular season

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

April 26 Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
April 27 Bell Centre 1:15 p.m.
April 28 Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
April 29 RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
April 30 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
May 1 RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
May 2 Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
May 3 RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
May 4 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

April 24, 2006
Montreal 6, Hurricanes 5 (2OT)

Michael Ryder broke a 5-5 stalemate 2:32 into the second overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canadiens jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game’s opening 14:46 on goals by Jan Bulis, Ryder and Radek Bonk, forcing Carolina to replace starting netminder Martin Gerber with rookie Cam Ward. Ward, making his first NHL postseason appearance, stopped 20 of 23 shots he faced in the game’s remaining 67:32. Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour scored two power-play goals during Carolina’s rally that saw the game shift from a 3-0 Montreal lead to a 4-3 Hurricanes lead. Center Eric Staal earned his first NHL playoff point with the primary assist on Matt Cullen’s goal, the first of four assist on the night for Staal, tying the franchise record for assists in a postseason game. Ray Whitney evened the score 3-3 with a power-play goal just 22 seconds into the third frame before Brind’Amour gave Carolina their 4-3 lead just 53 seconds later. Alex Kovalev and Richard Zednik helped Montreal back to a one-goal lead before Cory Stillman tied the game with 1:30 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

April 22, 2006
Montreal 6, Hurricanes 1

Hurricanes center Matt Cullen scored his first career playoff goal 50 seconds into the game on Carolina’s second shot when he slipped the rebound of his initial shot through the legs of Montreal netminder Cristobal Huet. Huet closed the doors to Cullen and his teammates the rest of the game and took first-star honors stopping 42 of the Hurricanes’ 43 shots. Defenseman Francis Bouillon tied the score 1-1 when he scored during a first-period Montreal power play, and center Radek Bonk gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead before the first intermission. Alexei Kovalev notched his first of three points on the night with a goal 2:18 into the second frame. Kovalev scored again on a third-period power play and assisted on Montreal’s last goal to earn second-star honors.

Against the Canadiens

The Hurricanes and the Canadiens met four times during the 2005-06 regular season, with Carolina taking all four meetings between the teams. The Hurricanes outscored Montreal 25-9 in the regular-season series, with the biggest victory coming on Jan. 31 at the Bell Centre by an 8-2 margin. Carolina scored home-ice wins on Dec. 31 (5-3) and Jan. 23 (7-3), and a 5-1 win on March 16 at the Bell Centre in the teams’ most recent meeting. Justin Williams led all Hurricanes with nine points (3g, 6a) in the four-game season series while Tomas Plekanec (2g, 1a) and Francis Bouillon (1g, 2a) paced the Canadiens with three points each. Martin Gerber posted a 3-0-0 record and a 2.00 goals-against average against Montreal in 2005-06, while Jose Theodore assumed three of the Canadiens’ four losses. For a detailed breakdown of the 2005-06 series between the teams, please go to page 98 in the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Guide.

This marks the seventh all-time playoff series between the Carolina franchise and Montreal. The last time the teams met in the postseason prior to this series was in the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinals, a 4-2 Hurricanes series win. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 12-22 all-time record against the Canadiens in the playoffs, including an 8-8 home record and a 4-14 record in Montreal.

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
2
0
4
4
8 Cullen
2
2
1
3
17 Brind'Amour
2
2
0
2

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1-0
.735
30 Ward
1
2.65
0-1-0
.870


Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
27 Kovalev
2
3
2
5
73 Ryder
2
2
1
3
21 Higgins
2
1
2
3
37 Sundstrom
2
0
3
3
25 Dandenault
2
0
3
3
35 Plekanec
2
0
3
3

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
39 Huet
2
2.52
2-0-0
.933
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