Carolina Gets Feisty: Canes 3, Habs 1

Anton Khudobin in action on Friday night. - Jen Fuller

Anton Khudobin makes 41 saves and leads Hurricanes to first preseason win.

The Carolina Hurricanes rebounded from a lackluster loss the previous night and picked up their physical game as they won their first preseason contest of the year in a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, at the Bell Centre.

Anton Khudobin made 41 saves with a strong effort in net.

The Canes had an uncharacteristic three fights in the first period alone as Matthew Corrente, Tim Gleason, and Nathan Gerbe all dropped the gloves, most likely in an attempt to show that they were not going to be an easy team to play against.

The team got the scoring started as captain Eric Staal found Drayson Bowman in front of the net and Bowman made no mistake as he gave Carolina a 1-0 lead.  The first period ended up that way, even as the Habs outshot the visitors 16-7.

Overall, the Habs outshot the Canes 42-27 for the game.

Jeff Skinner made it 2-0 early in the second off of a feed by Riley Nash.  Later in the period, Gerbe would score a powerplay tally as Eric Staal and Ryan Murphy earned the assists.

Montreal finally broke up the shutout bid with 4:16 left in the game on a shot by Michael Bournival.

Tim Gleason left the game early with an upper body injury and Alexander Semin was reportedly held out of this game because of a wrist injury.

After four games in four nights the Hurricanes will take Sunday off and get back to practice on Monday morning.

To check out the box score, skip to this link:

Canes/Habs box score

Post game pressers follow:

Kirk Muller 9 21 13

Anton Khudobin 9 21 13

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