The Carolina Hurricanes visit in third place in the Metro Division was short-lived as they fell behind again but could not come back this time while dropping a contest to the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0 on Tuesday night in Montreal.
The Canes outshot the Habs and played fairly well, considering it was the second game of a back-to-back, as well as their fifth game in seven days. Anton Khudobin was worked hard in this game, making some wonder why Justin Peters did not get this start. "Dobby" made 27 saves on 30 shots and has played all but one period since his return from injury, which was 11 games ago.
The Habs took a 2-0 lead in the first period because a bit of loose play in the Carolina end, then lit the lamp again early in the second to complete the scoring.
Carolina generated plenty of chances and hit the post a couple of times in the second, but could not beat Carey Price, who was on top of his game this night.
The Canes have now been out-scored, 43-25 in the first period, a stat they need to change. They also went 0-3 on the powerplay, although they did generate shots and chances. The Habs blocked 27 Carolina shots, to help Price's cause.
The Hurricanes will spend the night in Montreal and return home on Wednesday. Next up will be the Blues at the PNC on Friday night.
- The Canes outshot the Habs 36-30 and were led by Nathan Gerbe with four. Several players had three. The team took 27 shots that were blocked, 36 shots on goal, and missed the net 12 times for a total of 75 shots attempted.
- Andrej Sekera played a team high 23:45.
- The team had a rough night in the faceoff circle only winning 44%.
- Post game interviews at Canes PR.com.