MONTREAL — Carey Price stopped all six Carolina
attempts in the shootout, Maxim Lapierre scored the winner and the Montreal
Canadiens beat the Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night.
Price stopped Tuomo Ruutu, Jussi Jokinen, Rod
Brind'Amour, Sergei Samsonov and Bryan Rodney before Lapierre finally beat
Carolina's Manny Legace on Montreal's sixth attempt. Price then got enough of
Matt Cullen's shot off a deke on the Hurricanes' next attempt to leave the puck
on the goal line to the delight of the sell-out crowd.
Price, who tied a team record with 53 saves Saturday,
stopped 30 shots, including consecutive saves on Brandon Sutter and Erik Cole
during the waning seconds of overtime while Carolina enjoyed a 4-on-3 advantage.
Montreal was left short-handed 3:01 into overtime after
Jaroslav Spacek was assessed a double minor for high-sticking Hurricanes
defenseman Joe Corvo.
Andrei Kostitsyn drew Montreal even 17:14 into the third.
Kostitsyn chased down his own rebound behind the Hurricanes' net and banked a
shot in off Legace's skate from behind the goal line for his second goal of the
Max Pacioretty also scored for the Canadiens, who ended a
three-game losing streak at home.
Sutter and Jokinen scored 2:52 apart in the second period
as Carolina came within 2:46 of recording its second regulation win of the
The Hurricanes ending a franchise-record skid at 14 games
with a 5-4 shootout win over Minnesota on Sunday.
Michael Leighton made 10 saves before leaving 7:12 into
the second period because of a lower-body injury.
Already missing top center Eric Staal and goalie Cam
Ward because of injury, Carolina was also without Scott Walker and Joni
Pitkanen, who were both hurt Sunday.
Aaron Ward returned to the Hurricanes' lineup after
missing Sunday's game because of a lower-body injury.
Pacioretty opened the scoring 5:41 in when he took Tomas
Plekanec's centering pass from the left side and put a shot from the slot past
Leighton's right pad.
Sutter scored his fifth of the season 3:28 into the
second to draw Carolina even. Jokinen got his fifth at 6:20 to put the
Hurricanes up 2-1.
Sutter tied it when he got behind Montreal defenseman
Josh Gorges to create a 2-on-1, beating Price after he took Ray Whitney's return
Cullen intercepted Spacek's clearing pass in the neutral
zone on the play that led to Jokinen's go-ahead goal.
F Stephane Yelle was back in the Hurricanes'
lineup after leaving Sunday's game with an undisclosed injury. … Legace
stopped Mike Cammalleri, Scott Gomez, Kostitsyn, Plekanec and Guillaume
Latendresse in the shootout.