The Montreal Canadiens jumped out quickly on the Carolina Hurricanes, took a 2-0 lead in the first period, and never looked back as they skated to an easy 4-0 win at the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
Carey Price earned his league leading 39th win and eighth shutout with a 31 save performance.
The Habs dominated the first period and outshot the Canes 10-4 in that stanza. While the home team scored twice, the Canes could only muster four harmless shots, each of them from well outside. They posed no trouble for Price.
Anton Khudobin had a tough night in net for Carolina, with little early help. After the first goal was pounded in from close, he made two consecutive stops before the Habs knocked the third attempt past him for the second score of the night.
The Hurricanes did play better as the game went on, but obviously the home team had things well under control and backed off their offensive pressure.
The team will return home to start up another five game home stand with a contest against the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
- Chris Terry had a team high six shots on goal. Brett Bellemore led the way with five blocks. Ron Hainsey led all Carolina skaters with 24:14.