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GAME: Montreal Canadiens (16-15-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-14-8-2).TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.
After showing a brief offensive spark under new coach Peter Laviolette, the Carolina Hurricanes are again starting to resemble the league's lowest-scoring team.
The Hurricanes look to get their offense going as they host the Montreal Canadiens at the RBC Center.
Carolina lost its second straight Friday, falling 3-1 to the Buffalo Sabres. The Hurricanes dropped to 2-2 under Laviolette, who took over as coach after Paul Maurice was fired on Dec. 15.
Laviolette vowed to bring a more uptempo offense to Carolina to help improve the Hurricanes' league-worst offense (62 goals). Carolina outshot the Pittsburgh Penguins 36-11 and pulled out a 2-1 overtime win in his first game, but has been outshot in each of last three.
The Hurricanes, who have failed to score more than one goal in 18 of their 34 games, didn't take their first shot Friday until nearly nine minutes had passed in the first period. They finished the opening period with a season-low two shots.
"The first period was tough to stomach," Laviolette said. "I don't think we can win many hockey games if we play like that. The first period was unacceptable, by all measures."
Sean Hill scored Carolina's only goal at 14:22 of the third period.
"The offense is a frustrating thing," Laviolette said. "We're still dealing with things that are hurting us."
The Canadiens are coming off Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals -- just their second defeat in six games (3-2-1).
Michael Ryder and Jan Bulis scored for Montreal, which failed to win consecutive games for the 11th time this season. The Canadiens, who gave up the game-winner with 54 seconds to play, have not won back-to-back games since they beat Detroit and the New York Islanders on Oct. 20 and 23.
"Those are losses that can be avoided. It's points we desperately need, like anybody else," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "We had an opportunity to come out with a point, and again in the last minute we squandered that."
|Feb 28 '04||CAR 0 at MTL 1 - OT||M. Ribeiro|
|Dec 27 '03||MTL 1 at CAR 2 - OT||S. Hill|
|Dec 06 '03||CAR 1 at MTL 3||M. Ryder|
|Dec 05 '03||MTL 1 at CAR 1 - OT||M. Ribeiro|