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Hurricanes rally for OT win vs. Canadiens

NHL.com | Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 10:27 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin scored on a snap shot from the left faceoff circle with 1:33 remaining in overtime to cap a dramatic 5-4 comeback win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

The Canadiens seemed to be on their way to an easy win, leading 3-0 after two periods, but Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner scored a pair of power-play goals 37 seconds apart before setting up Eric Staal for the tying goal less than two minutes later.

Manny Malhotra scored at 8:16 to give the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead, but P.K. Subban answered two minutes later to even the score at 4-4.

The Hurricanes killed off a double minor for boarding against Staal at the end of the third period and early in overtime before Semin's game-winner.

Skinner put the Hurricanes on the board at 1:38 with a nice move in the left faceoff circle to beat Canadiens goalie Carey Price to the far post; he scored again from the right circle at 2:15.

When Staal finished on a loose puck in front at 4:07, it completed a three-goal comeback in a span of 2:29.

Until the wild third period, Montreal had controlled the game, despite killing 10:14 of Carolina power-play time through two periods.

Lars Eller's ninth goal of the season put the Canadiens on the board 1:20 into the game. Alex Galchenyuk forced a turnover behind the net then pushed a pass to Eller, who slipped the puck past Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward on the backhand.

Pacioretty made it 2-0 at 7:46 when he redirected a pass from David Desharnais from the right circle. The goal came on an abbreviated power play after the teams had skated 4-on-4 for 1:20.

Montreal didn't show much discipline in the first 20 minutes, taking four minor penalties. Price was sharp though, especially during a 37-second sequence of 5-on-3 when he stopped scoring bids by Semin and Jordan Staal.

The penalty-box traffic continued in the second period for Montreal. A bench minor for too many men on the ice quickly followed a slashing penalty by Galchenyuk, leaving Carolina with 1:45 of a two-man advantage. But Montreal was equal to the task, blocking shots and keeping the Hurricanes away from the crease.

Pacioretty's second goal of the night at 14:24 pushed the Montreal lead to 3-0.

Desharnais earned his second assist of the night by winning the faceoff, and Subban stickhandled from the left point to the goal line before laying a backhand pass to Pacioretty at the top of the crease.

Hurricanes forward Riley Nash left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return.

Carolina outshot Montreal 42-25, including by 30-12 over the final two periods.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:20MTL Lars Eller (9) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (13) 1 - 0 MTL
07:46MTL PPG - Max Pacioretty (16) ASST: David Desharnais (12), Andrei Markov (18) 2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
14:24MTL Max Pacioretty (17) ASST: P.K. Subban (23), David Desharnais (13) 3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
01:38CAR PPG - Jeff Skinner (15) ASST: Jordan Staal (11), Andrej Sekera (15) 3 - 1 MTL
02:15CAR PPG - Jeff Skinner (16) ASST: Andrej Sekera (16), Eric Staal (22) 3 - 2 MTL
04:07CAR Eric Staal (10) ASST: Jeff Skinner (11), Brett Bellemore (2) 3 - 3 Tie
08:16CAR Manny Malhotra (2) ASST: Zach Boychuk (2), Tuomo Ruutu (5) 4 - 3 CAR
10:16MTL PPG - P.K. Subban (6) ASST: Andrei Markov (19), David Desharnais (14) 4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
03:27CAR Alexander Semin (5) ASST: Ron Hainsey (7), Eric Staal (23) 5 - 4 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:41
Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin
G: 1Shots: 9
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:31
Eric Staal
Eric Staal
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 8
+/-: 1TOI: 24:31
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:00CAR Eric Staal  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
05:22MTL Lars Eller  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
06:02CAR Justin Faulk  Slashing against  Travis Moen
12:34MTL Tomas Plekanec  Holding against  Nathan Gerbe
13:58MTL Alexei Emelin  Holding against  Jordan Staal
15:35CAR Justin Faulk  Hooking against  Lars Eller
19:35MTL Josh Gorges  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
2nd Period
02:23MTL David Desharnais  Tripping against  Tuomo Ruutu
09:23MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Slashing against  Brett Bellemore
09:38MTL Michael Bournival  Too many men/ice - bench
19:39MTL Josh Gorges  Roughing against  Eric Staal
19:57CAR Eric Staal  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
3rd Period
00:11MTL Andrei Markov  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
01:38MTL Brendan Gallagher  Abuse of officials - bench
09:24CAR Tuomo Ruutu  Interference against  Brandon Prust
16:31CAR Eric Staal  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:31CAR Eric Staal  Boarding against  Travis Moen
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/62/10
Faceoff Wins2958
Blocked Shots349
Penalty Minutes2014
8B. PrustL0000014:06
11B. GallagherR0001014:51
14T. PlekanecC00-13223:13
17R. BourqueR00-10011:49
21B. GiontaR0001016:41
26J. GorgesD0011419:00
27A. GalchenyukC0111211:37
32T. MoenL0001011:44
49M. BournivalL000007:23
51D. DesharnaisC03-10216:49
53R. WhiteC000208:44
55F. BouillonD00-11015:07
61R. DiazD0001021:54
67M. PaciorettyL20-14018:01
74A. EmelinD00-21216:19
76P. SubbanD1115026:43
79A. MarkovD02-10227:37
81L. EllerC1013214:11
31C. Price3742.88163:27
4A. SekeraD02-27029:20
5M. KomisarekD001109:37
7R. MurphyD0011014:32
11J. StaalC0105023:15
12E. StaalC1212824:31
14N. GerbeL0003018:44
15T. RuutuL0111213:21
18R. DvorakR00-1105:46
20R. NashC000001:49
21D. BowmanL00-2005:58
22M. MalhotraC1003013:33
27J. FaulkD00-13422:51
28A. SeminR1019025:31
32Z. BoychukL0110011:38
39P. DwyerR0001014:39
53J. SkinnerL2115022:41
65R. HainseyD0120023:57
73B. BellemoreD0110019:58
30C. Ward2125.84063:12