Hurricanes strike back

Associated Press | Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 11:06 PM

MONTREAL (AP) - Jeff Skinner's second period goal and Anton Khudobin's performance were enough to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at the Bell Centre.

Drayson Bowman and Nathan Gerbe also scored for Carolina (1-3-0), while Khudobin made 41 saves.

Rookie Michael Bournival was the lone scorer for Montreal (1-2-1). Carey Price stopped 24 shots for the Canadiens.

This was Montreal's second game in two nights against the Hurricanes. The Canadiens beat Carolina 6-0 in a lopsided match in Quebec City on Friday.

This one wasn't as one-sided, but Montreal found few answers to the Carolina netminder's superb play. Khudobin, who played 14 games with Boston last year and is slated to become the Hurricanes' backup goalie this year, was impressive early and throughout the game.

The Hurricanes, who have played four pre-season games in as many nights, showed no sign of fatigue after Friday's game.

Carolina opened the scoring at the end of the first period when Bowman fired home his first goal of the pre-season into a gaping net.

Price misplayed a clearance behind his net, leaving the puck for Eric Staal, who passed it to a wide-open Bowman.

Skinner added to the Hurricanes' lead early in the second period, taking a pass from Riley Nash and firing home on a 2-on-1. The goal would prove to be the winner.

Carolina put the contest out of reach at the end of the second period when Nathan Gerbe fired a shot past Price on the power play. It was the Habs' fourth penalty of the period.

Montreal scored a consolation goal late in the third period when Andrei Markov's shot banked off Bournival's shin. It was Bournival's fourth goal of the pre-season.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:54CAR Drayson Bowman (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (1), Jared Staal (1) 1 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
02:24CAR Jeff Skinner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Riley Nash (1) 2 - 0 CAR
17:39CAR PPG - Nathan Gerbe (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (2), Ryan Murphy (1) 3 - 0 CAR
3rd Period
15:44MTL Michael Bournival (1) Tip-in - ASST: Andrei Markov (1) 3 - 1 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Anton Khudobin
Anton Khudobin
SA: 42TOI: 59:56
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .976
Eric Staal
Eric Staal
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:40
Jarred Tinordi
Jarred Tinordi
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 0PIM: 5
+/-: -2TOI: 18:10
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:08CAR Matthew Corrente  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Ryan White
02:08MTL Ryan White  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Matthew Corrente
02:08CAR Matthew Corrente served by Chris Terry  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ryan White
04:41MTL Jarred Tinordi  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tim Gleason
04:41CAR Tim Gleason  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jarred Tinordi
05:18CAR Radek Dvorak  Hooking  - 2 min against  Rene Bourque
10:24MTL Brendan Gallagher  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Nathan Gerbe
10:24CAR Nathan Gerbe  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brendan Gallagher
19:27CAR Matthew Corrente  Roughing  - 2 min against  Lars Eller
2nd Period
06:31CAR Matthew Corrente  Interference  - 2 min against  Mike Blunden
12:23MTL Sebastian Collberg  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
13:21MTL Lars Eller  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Murphy
13:54MTL Tomas Plekanec  Roughing  - 2 min against  Ryan Murphy
16:29MTL Lars Eller  Hooking  - 2 min against  Eric Staal
18:38CAR Jay Harrison  Tripping  - 2 min against  Sebastian Collberg
19:48CAR Brett Bellemore  Delaying Game-Smothering puck  - 2 min
3rd Period
06:54CAR Matthew Corrente  Interference  - 2 min against  Ryan White
11:58CAR Jordan Staal  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jarred Tinordi
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/40/8
Faceoff Wins1939
Blocked Shots1210
Penalty Minutes3123
6T. GleasonD000055:22
7R. MurphyD0113025:51
11J. StaalC0002222:26
12E. StaalC0213019:40
13J. StaalR010006:07
14N. GerbeC1005515:30
15T. RuutuL0012012:37
18R. DvorakR0000212:19
19J. TlustyL0004015:05
20R. NashC0111019:00
21D. BowmanL100108:46
38M. CorrenteD00001312:59
39P. DwyerR0001015:16
44J. HarrisonD0000227:34
53J. SkinnerL1013014:48
58C. TerryL00-1007:55
65R. HainseyD0010023:34
73B. BellemoreD0002221:23
31A. Khudobin4142.97659:56
35J. Peters00.0000:00
11B. GallagherR0012513:49
14T. PlekanecC00-14221:20
17R. BourqueR00-13020:44
24J. TinordiD00-22518:10
25M. McCarronR00-13010:37
36M. NygrenD0003015:54
38S. CollbergR00-10210:22
45M. BlundenR0003010:35
48D. BriereC0006018:47
49M. BournivalL1016014:30
53R. WhiteC0000510:48
57M. St PierreC00-12013:38
60C. ThomasL00-12011:35
61R. DiazD0011025:04
64G. PaterynD00-20013:16
79A. MarkovD0114025:34
81L. EllerC0011416:58
84D. DietzD0000021:56
31C. Price2427.88958:53
35D. Tokarski00.0000:00