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46-28-8
Carolina
Hurricanes
36-35-11

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Hurricanes rally for OT win vs. Canadiens

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 10:27 PM

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Hurricanes rally for OT win vs. Canadiens
Montréal Canadiens 4, Carolina Hurricanes 5
Three Stars of the Game
Jeff Skinner
1st
Jeff Skinner
L
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:41
Alexander Semin
2nd
G: 1Shots: 9
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:31
Eric Staal
3rd
Eric Staal
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 8
+/-: 1TOI: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:20
MTL
Lars Eller (9) ASST: Alex Galchenyuk (13)
1 - 0 MTL
07:46
MTL
PPG - Max Pacioretty (16) ASST: David Desharnais (12), Andrei Markov (18)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
14:24
MTL
Max Pacioretty (17) ASST: P.K. Subban (23), David Desharnais (13)
3 - 0 MTL
3rd Period
01:38
CAR
PPG - Jeff Skinner (15) ASST: Jordan Staal (11), Andrej Sekera (15)
3 - 1 MTL
02:15
CAR
PPG - Jeff Skinner (16) ASST: Andrej Sekera (16), Eric Staal (22)
3 - 2 MTL
04:07
CAR
Eric Staal (10) ASST: Jeff Skinner (11), Brett Bellemore (2)
3 - 3 Tie
08:16
CAR
Manny Malhotra (2) ASST: Zach Boychuk (2), Tuomo Ruutu (5)
4 - 3 CAR
10:16
MTL
PPG - P.K. Subban (6) ASST: Andrei Markov (19), David Desharnais (14)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
03:27
CAR
Alexander Semin (5) ASST: Ron Hainsey (7), Eric Staal (23)
5 - 4 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
03:00
CAR
Eric Staal  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
05:22
MTL
Lars Eller  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
06:02
CAR
Justin Faulk  Slashing against  Travis Moen
12:34
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Holding against  Nathan Gerbe
13:58
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Holding against  Jordan Staal
15:35
CAR
Justin Faulk  Hooking against  Lars Eller
19:35
MTL
Josh Gorges  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
2nd Period
02:23
MTL
David Desharnais  Tripping against  Tuomo Ruutu
09:23
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk  Slashing against  Brett Bellemore
09:38
MTL
Michael Bournival  Too many men/ice - bench
19:39
MTL
Josh Gorges  Roughing against  Eric Staal
19:57
CAR
Eric Staal  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
3rd Period
00:11
MTL
Andrei Markov  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
01:38
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Abuse of officials - bench
09:24
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Interference against  Brandon Prust
16:31
CAR
Eric Staal  Unsportsmanlike conduct
16:31
CAR
Eric Staal  Boarding against  Travis Moen
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 42TOI: 63:27
Saves: 37EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 17 - 19
SV%: .881SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
6-7-5
SA: 25TOI: 63:12
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2