The Carolina Hurricanes came limping into the Bell Centre on Monday night, missing regulars Jeff Skinner, Tim Gleason, Joni Pitkanen and Tim Brent, and looked out of synch with a make shift lineup while losing 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs outshot the Canes in every period and controlled play for much of the game.
Cam Ward put in a solid effort for two plus periods and held down the fort until Brandon Prust beat the goalie two minutes into the third period. Later in the period, Ward had a puck bounce into the net off of his shoulder and then 18 seconds later, saw the puck bounce over his glove on a long, slow shot from the blueline.
Peter Budaj made the stops he needed to make and earned the shutout for the home team.
There were some heroic efforts in the loss. Justin Faulk played over 30 minutes and was a beast. Jay Harrison had a team high five blocked shots and a team high four hits. Eric Staal had a team best five shots on goal. (The Canes were outshot 26-19.)
The Hurricanes will quickly return home to prepare for Winnipeg on Thursday night at the PNC.
- Carolina was beaten in the faceoff circle in this one, winning just 46% for the game: J Staal 46%, E. Staal 22%, Welsh 88%
- Eric Staal's 11 game scoring streak came to an end.
- Next closest teammate after Faulk's 30 minutes of time on ice was Harrison with 23:51.