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game recap

Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 2

Thursday, 03.07.2013 / 11:42 PM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 2
Montréal Canadiens 4, Carolina Hurricanes 2
Three Stars of the Game
Brandon Prust
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:22
Josh Gorges
2nd
Josh Gorges
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 21:18
Lars Eller
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:18

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Carey Price held off Carolina and his offense got the key goals in the third period for the win.

Price had a season-high 41 saves and Brandon Prust and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens as they earned a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday.

Eller's goal at 6:09 of the third gave Montreal the lead for good and P.K. Subban added a power-play goal at 7:56 to make it 4-2.

Price, who had given up 12 goals in his previous two starts, was sharp in the first and third periods and faced pressure in the second when the Hurricanes threw 21 shots at him.

"A lot of guys understand that you can't dwell on losses," Price said. "If anybody is struggling, we've got each other's back. I thought we came out strong in the first period and were a little flat in the second, but the most important thing is that we bounced back in the third period."

Carolina's top line of Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty had no success against Price despite combining for 15 shots.

Price stopped Eric Staal's penalty shot with 5:08 left in the second and made a tremendous glove save against Semin also in the second. It was the first time in four games Carolina's top line has failed to pick up a point.

"We couldn't get a bounce or break," Eric Staal said. "The effort was there."

Carolina goalkeeper Justin Peters, playing his second straight game since being called up from Charlotte of the AHL, made 24 saves on 28 shots. Peters has gotten both starts since Cam Ward went out with a knee injury.

Prust opened the scoring at 3:22 of the first and defenseman Josh Georges notched his second goal of the season at 8:19 and Montreal went up 2-0 in the first period.

"They came at us hard in the second," Prust said. "I think we caught ourselves on our heels and didn't respond the right way, but I think we did a good job regrouping during the intermission and had a good third period."

Using an 8-1 shot advantage to start the second period, the Hurricanes rallied as Jordan Staal got his sixth goal of the season with a shot from the right circle at 6:07 to make it 2-1.

Drayson Bowman tied it at 2-2 when he scored his second goal of the season at 10:27 of the second.

NOTES: The Canadiens played their third game of a five-game road trip. ... Carolina recalled F Jeremy Welsh from Charlotte and placed Tim Brent on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 28. Welsh earned his first NHL point with an assist. ... Montreal coach Michel Therrien was back behind the bench after missing Thursday morning's pregame skate with an illness. ... Montreal D Francis Bouillon played his 700th career game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:22
MTL
Brandon Prust (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Alexei Emelin (7), Lars Eller (10)
1 - 0 MTL
08:19
MTL
Josh Gorges (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Brandon Prust (4), P.K. Subban (9)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
06:07
CAR
Jordan Staal (6) Snap shot - ASST: Justin Faulk (7)
2 - 1 MTL
10:27
CAR
Drayson Bowman (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jeremy Welsh (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:09
MTL
Lars Eller (3) Tip-in - ASST: Josh Gorges (4), Brandon Prust (5)
3 - 2 MTL
07:56
MTL
PPG - P.K. Subban (6) Slapshot - ASST: Andrei Markov (10), Lars Eller (11)
4 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:06
CAR
Brett Sutter  Hooking against  Alexei Emelin
06:45
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Cross checking against  Lars Eller
06:48
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Tripping against  Tim Gleason
13:20
MTL
Yannick Weber  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
13:20
CAR
Jordan Staal  Roughing against  Yannick Weber
19:13
MTL
Michael Ryder  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
2nd Period
13:18
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Slashing against  P.K. Subban
17:21
CAR
Brett Sutter  Roughing against  Francis Bouillon
17:21
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Brett Sutter
17:21
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Brett Sutter
3rd Period
00:42
MTL
Brian Gionta  Roughing against  Jiri Tlusty
06:52
CAR
Alexander Semin  Hi-sticking against  Alex Galchenyuk
19:28
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Slashing against  Lars Eller
19:35
CAR
Jay Harrison  Cross checking against  Brian Gionta
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 43TOI: 59:59
Saves: 41EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .953SH: 4 - 4
Justin Peters
Justin Peters
1-1-0
SA: 28TOI: 58:54
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0