Bad To The Bone: Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 0

MONTREAL, CANADA - NOVEMBER 16: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes lets the puck go past him on a shot by P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens (not pictured) during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 16, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It seems like the Carolina Hurricanes left their skates in Raleigh as they were embarrassed by the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night by a score of 4-0, at the Bell Centre.  Carey Price picked up the shutout for the Habs, most likely the easiest of his career. 

The home team dominated right from the start and at one point in the second period were outshooting the Hurricanes 20-5.  

The visiting team was so pathetic in this game that the TSN crew started making one-liners.  "This is the worst defensive performance I have seen all year."  "It's not exactly a 5 star offensive effort either."  "I see nothing positive to take out of this." "They are an absolute mess."

The Canes were also facing a team with several defensive players out.

The major question now?  Does Carolina have the leadership necessary to turn this thing around?  The team has now lost six of their last seven games and 10 of their last 13.

They travel back home to face Buffalo on Friday night.

Game Notes:

  • Carolina was outshot 16-3 in the first period and 16-8 in the second.  The Habs sat back much of the third, after building a 4-0 lead after two.  According to our intern, the Habs outchanced the Canes 16-11. 
  • Eric Staal led the team with seven shots on goal, but added to his league worst (-16) with another minus, giving him (-17) for the season.  The TSN crew put up a graphic that he was on pace for -77 for the season.
  • Bryan Allen and Jay Harrison had five blocked shots each.  Tuomo Ruutu and Allen had a team high four hits. 
  • The team was 0-6 on the powerplay and had some time with a 5-on-3 and 4-on-3 advantage, but could do little with it.

Postgame interviews now available. 

Paul Maurice 11 16 11

Eric Staal 11 16 11

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