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Desharnais, Price lead Canadiens past Hurricanes

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 9:38 PM

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Desharnais, Price lead Canadiens past Hurricanes
Montréal Canadiens 4, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Three Stars of the Game
David Desharnais
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 16:40
Carey Price
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 30-31
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .969SH: 0-0
Brendan Gallagher
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:45

RALEIGH, N.C. ( - David Desharnais scored twice and Carey Price stopped 31 shots to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Saturday.

The win was the third straight for the Canadiens (32-21-6), who lost leading goal scorer Max Pacioretty in the first period.

Pacioretty, who is slated to represent the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, left the game with 7:30 remaining in the first period after being checked into the goal post. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore hit Pacioretty as he tried to cut from the goal line to the front of the net.

The 25-year-old forward appeared to hit his leg and forearm on the post. He immediately grabbed his arm and remained face-down on the ice for a couple minutes before slowly making his way to the dressing room under his own power.

The Canadiens announced in the second period that Pacioretty sustained a lower-body injury, and he did not return. He has 26 goals and 37 points in 50 games.

Carolina struck first at 5:42 of the second period when Drayson Bowman one-timed a shot from above the right circle past Price.

Montreal countered with two goals 85 seconds apart to take the lead. Desharnais drove to the net before starting a give-and-go with Rene Borque, who found Desharnais on the back door at 17:52.

In the final minute of the period, Ryan White pounced on a rebound in front of the net after Andrei Markov's shot from above the circle was stopped by Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin.

Desharnais extended the lead to 3-1 at 6:15 of the third period. Brendan Gallagher skated up the left wing and feathered a pass to Desharnais, who beat Khudobin over the glove. Gallagher finished with two assists.

Brian Gionta finished the scoring with a wraparound goal into an empty net with 2:17 remaining.

Price was sharp throughout. With 7:32 remaining in regulation, he stopped Bowman with the glove on a point-blank shot from the slot. Two minutes later, Price came across the crease to rob Bowman on a wrist shot.

Khudobin stopped 20 of 23 shots in the loss.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Drayson Bowman (4) ASST: Riley Nash (7), Justin Faulk (19)
1 - 0 CAR
David Desharnais (10) ASST: Rene Bourque (3), Brendan Gallagher (17)
1 - 1 Tie
Ryan White (2) ASST: Andrei Markov (26)
2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
David Desharnais (11) ASST: Brendan Gallagher (18), Nathan Beaulieu (2)
3 - 1 MTL
EN - Brian Gionta (11) ASST: Brandon Prust (6), Ryan White (3)
4 - 1 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
Dale Weise  Hooking against  Jeff Skinner
Mike Komisarek  Boarding against  Nathan Beaulieu
2nd Period
David Desharnais  Interference against  Ron Hainsey
3rd Period
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .969SH: 0 - 0
Anton Khudobin
Anton Khudobin
SA: 23TOI: 59:50
Saves: 20EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0