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41-30-11
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33 SOG
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game recap

Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 2, SO
Carolina Hurricanes 2, Montréal Canadiens 3

MONTREAL (AP) -The Canadiens stayed tough and enjoyed their first home win over the Carolina Hurricanes in more than four years.

Saku Koivu scored a shootout goal and Carey Price stopped all three shots in the tiebreaker to give Montreal a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.

Koivu beat Cam Ward with a backhand on the Canadiens' second attempt. Price stopped Matt Cullen, Eric Staal and Ray Whitney to seal the win.

The Hurricanes had won nine straight at the Bell Centre - including three playoff victories in 2006 - since the lockout that canceled the 2004-05 season. Montreal hadn't beaten Carolina on home ice since recording a 1-0 overtime win on Feb. 28, 2004.

"We've had some problems against that team, so we'll take these two points," Koivu said. "Sometimes in a long season you don't play your best or you don't play the way you were hoping, nights like that when you can get two points, that's the bottom line."

Alex Tanguay scored on a penalty shot in the final seconds of the first period and Price stopped 31 shots for Montreal, which closed out a 4-1 homestand despite falling 6-4 to Anaheim on Saturday in the team's first regulation loss of the season.

The Canadiens' power-play unit of Koivu, Alex Kovalev, Robert Lang and Andrei Markov pressed hard in overtime for the winning goal but couldn't beat Ward. He made a huge stop on Lang after Staal drew a tripping penalty 2:35 into the extra session.

Kovalev scored an unassisted goal 15:56 in to make it 1-1.

With the Canadiens working on a 5-on-3 advantage late in the period, Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg closed his hand on the puck in the crease. Tanguay was awarded a penalty shot for the infraction, and he beat Ward with 10.1 seconds remaining for his sixth goal of the season to put Montreal up 2-1.

"He's a good goalie," Tanguay said of Ward. "He moves well and obviously at the end of the period you don't want to mess around with the puck in the slot because the ice gets pretty chippy out there. You just want to make sure you get a good shot, and I got it over the pad and fortunately for us it went in."

Cullen drew Carolina even with his fourth goal, scored 40 seconds into the third. Cullen put a rebound of Seidenberg's shot under Price's left pad.

"It was a shot and it popped out of my glove and it went to the side of the net," Price said. "I thought it was going to get chopped away, but it ended up getting chopped toward the net. I was in the middle of getting up and it popped through my legs and I couldn't get back down again."

Price got an automatic delay of game penalty with 2:01 remaining in the third when he played the puck aggressively and cleared it over the glass.

"The guys did a great job - I think they only got one or two shots, maybe, right at the end," Price said. "I had to go to the bench and thank all the guys for that one."

Anton Babchuk scored his first of the season midway through the first for Carolina, which fell to 2-1-2 on its longest road trip of the season, a six-game stretch that ends Thursday in St. Louis.

"I thought we did a good job and that's what's frustrating about the shootout, now everybody's saddled with a loss and it's like you buried your dead cat in the locker room - nobody's talking," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said.

The Canadiens honored former coaches Dick Irvin, Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman before the game as part of the team's 100th season celebrations.

Bowman, currently a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks, was on hand for the ceremonial faceoff along with broadcaster Dick Irvin Jr. and Blake's son, Bruce.

Andrei Kostitsyn returned to Montreal's lineup after missing two games because of a concussion.

Rookie center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Joni Pitkanen were both out of the Hurricanes' lineup because of injuries sustained Saturday in a 4-3 road win against the New York Islanders.

Sutter is out indefinitely with a concussion from an open-ice hit by the Islanders' Doug Weight. Pitkanen tore the meniscus in his knee and is expected to be sidelined for a month.

Babchuk's shot from the right point off a faceoff in the Canadiens zone struck Koivu's stick and deflected past Price for a power-play goal 11:04 in.

Notes: The Hurricanes have not lost in regulation in Montreal in just less than five years. Carolina is 6-0-2 in the regular season at the Bell Centre since a 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 6, 2003. ... Irvin, Blake and Bowman coached the Canadiens to a total of 16 Stanley Cup championships between 1940 and 1979. ... D Patrice Brisebois, RW Georges Laraque and LW Steve Begin were healthy scratches for Montreal.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:04
CAR
PPG - Anton Babchuk (1) ASST: Tim Gleason (4), Rod Brind'Amour (2)
1 - 0 CAR
15:56
MTL
Alex Kovalev (3) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
19:49
MTL
PPG - PS - Alex Tanguay (6) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:40
CAR
Matt Cullen (4) ASST: Dennis Seidenberg (4), Patrick Eaves (2)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCARMTL
1M. CullenT. Plekanec
2E. StaalS. Koivu
3R. Whitney
penalty summary
1st Period
09:30
MTL
Ryan O'Byrne  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:55
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
13:46
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Hooking against  Anton Babchuk
18:18
CAR
Matt Cullen  Hooking against  Saku Koivu
18:55
CAR
Tim Gleason  Hi-sticking against  Alex Tanguay
2nd Period
03:32
CAR
Dennis Seidenberg  Hooking against  Sergei Kostitsyn
05:38
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Interference against  Rod Brind'Amour
08:37
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Slashing against  Francis Bouillon
12:50
MTL
Sergei Kostitsyn  Holding the stick against  Eric Staal
3rd Period
06:05
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
10:09
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Hooking against  Roman Hamrlik
10:53
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Holding against  Tim Gleason
17:59
MTL
Carey Price  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
OT Period
02:35
CAR
Eric Staal  Tripping against  Mike Komisarek
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 25TOI: 65:00
Saves: 23EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .920SH: 2 - 2
Carey Price
Carey Price
4-1-1
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .939SH: 2 - 2