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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens (Game 6)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens (Game 6)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game 6 - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series “B”
Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec

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Tonight's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens play Game 6 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Tuesday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes have won the series’ last three games after dropping Games 1 and 2 at home. Carolina scored a 2-1 win at the RBC Center on Sunday to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh following Tuesday’s game and are schedule to practice at noon Wednesday at the RBC Center.

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

Carolina Notes

Hurricanes rookie netminder Cam Ward has earned wins in each of his first three NHL postseason starts, leading Carolina to a 3-2 series lead. Ward was named first star of the game with 30 saves in Game 5 on Sunday, and has stopped 100 of 107 shots he’s faced this postseason giving him a .935 postseason save percentage. With his win in Game 5, Ward became the first rookie goaltender to win his first three NHL playoff starts since Brian Boucher did so with Philadelphia in 2000. With his win in Game 3, Ward became the first rookie netminder in Carolina franchise history to win his first postseason start.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in each of the last four games (4/24-4/30: 2g, 5a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points in each of the last four games (4/24-4/30: 4g, 1a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in four straight games (4/24-4/30: 1g, 3a) and assists in three straight (4/26-4/30: 0g, 3a)
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has earned wins in each of the last three games (4/26-4/30)

Milestone Watch

  • Right wing Mark Recchi is 1 point shy of 100 NHL playoff points

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 5 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

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 30, 2006
Hurricanes 2, Montreal 1

The Hurricanes won their third straight game against the Canadiens and took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 2-1 victory at the RBC Center. Cam Ward made 30 saves to earn his third NHL playoff win in as many starts and was named first star of the game. Carolina capitalized on two of its five power-play opportunities as Eric Staal and Matt Cullen each found the net behind Cristobal Huet. Alexei Kovalev scored Montreal’s lone goal late in the second period.

April 28, 2006
Hurricanes 3, Montreal 2

Right wing Justin Williams gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead 10:22 into the game with his first goal of the postseason, and setup defenseman Aaron Ward on Carolina’s second goal 1:11 later as Carolina took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Canadiens ignited the Bell Centre crowd, as Alexander Perezhogin and Sheldon Souray scored second period goals and carried a 2-2 tie into the second intermission. Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour used his fourth goal of the playoffs to put Carolina ahead for good 5:54 into the final stanza and the Hurricanes and goaltender Cam Ward held off Montreal’s 11 third-period shots to even the series 2-2. Ward finished the game with 23 saves and earned his second win in as many postseason starts.

April 26, 2006
Hurricanes 2, Montreal 1 (OT)

Captain Rod Brind’Amour solved the mystery of Canadiens netminder Cristobal Huet with 8:33 remaining in regulation to tie the game 1-1 and force overtime when he scored his third goal of the 2006 playoffs. In the extra period, center Eric Staal sneaked a slapshot through traffic and over the shoulder of Huet during a Carolina power play to take the series score to 2-1 in favor of Montreal. Hurricanes defenseman Bret Hedican earned the primary assist on both of Carolina’s goals. Rookie netminder Cam Ward made his first NHL playoff start and stopped 27 of 28 Canadiens shots to earn the game’s first star and his first NHL postseason win. Montreal captain Saku Koivu left the game in the second period with an eye injury.

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
5
2
5
7
17 Brind'Amour
5
4
1
5
8 Cullen
5
3
1
4
61 Stillman
5
1
3
4

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1
.735
30 Ward
4
1.67
3-1
.935


Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
27 Kovalev
5
4
3
7
44 Souray
5
2
2
4
73 Ryder
5
2
2
4
35 Plekanec
5
0
4
4

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
39 Huet
5
2.41
2-3
.929

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