|MTL||2||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|CAR||0||0||4||1||(0 - 0)||5|
|G: 2||Shots: 5|
|A: 1||Hits: 0|
|PTS: 3||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 22:41|
|G: 1||Shots: 9|
|A: 0||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 25:31|
|G: 1||Shots: 2|
|A: 2||Hits: 1|
|PTS: 3||PIM: 8|
|+/-: 1||TOI: 24:31|
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.
|Lars Eller (9) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (13)|
1 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Max Pacioretty (16) ASST: David Desharnais (12), Andrei Markov (18)|
2 - 0 MTL
|Max Pacioretty (17) ASST: P.K. Subban (23), David Desharnais (13)|
3 - 0 MTL
|PPG - Jeff Skinner (15) ASST: Jordan Staal (11), Andrej Sekera (15)|
3 - 1 MTL
|PPG - Jeff Skinner (16) ASST: Andrej Sekera (16), Eric Staal (22)|
3 - 2 MTL
|Eric Staal (10) ASST: Jeff Skinner (11), Brett Bellemore (2)|
3 - 3 Tie
|Manny Malhotra (2) ASST: Zach Boychuk (2), Tuomo Ruutu (5)|
4 - 3 CAR
|PPG - P.K. Subban (6) ASST: Andrei Markov (19), David Desharnais (14)|
4 - 4 Tie
|Alexander Semin (5) ASST: Ron Hainsey (7), Eric Staal (23)|
5 - 4 CAR
|Eric Staal Interference on goalkeeper against Carey Price|
|Lars Eller Tripping against Alexander Semin|
|Justin Faulk Slashing against Travis Moen|
|Tomas Plekanec Holding against Nathan Gerbe|
|Alexei Emelin Holding against Jordan Staal|
|Justin Faulk Hooking against Lars Eller|
|Josh Gorges Interference against Tuomo Ruutu|
|David Desharnais Tripping against Tuomo Ruutu|
|Alex Galchenyuk Slashing against Brett Bellemore|
|Michael Bournival Too many men/ice - bench|
|Josh Gorges Roughing against Eric Staal|
|Eric Staal Delay Gm - Face-off Violation|
|Andrei Markov Hooking against Alexander Semin|
|Brendan Gallagher Abuse of officials - bench|
|Tuomo Ruutu Interference against Brandon Prust|
|Eric Staal Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Eric Staal Boarding against Travis Moen|
|SA: 42||TOI: 63:27|
|Saves: 37||EV: 19 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 17 - 19|
|SV%: .881||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 25||TOI: 63:12|
|Saves: 21||EV: 16 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .840||SH: 2 - 2|