Horrible, brutal and disgusting
The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and lost 5-4 to Carolina on Alexander Semin's overtime goal.
Lars Eller with his ninth and Max Pacioretty with his 16th and 17th goals of the season put the Canadiens comfortably in front through 40 minutes.
A third-period explosion saw Carolina tie the game with three in in less than three minutes.
Two by Jeff Skinner and another by Eric Staal.
Then Manny Malhotra gave Carolina a lead before P.K. Subban tied it up on a Canadiens power play.
Alexander Semin won it in overtime with his ninth shot of the game.
Carolina outshot the Canadiens 42-25.
Semin wins it
Carolina's 42nd shot beats Carey Price.
The team that deserved to won was the winner.
The Canadiens 3-0 lead was erased in less than three minutes.
Jeff Skinner twice, on Carolina power plays, and Eric Staal made it 3-3.
Manny Malhotra gave the home team a 4-3 lead before P.K. Subban tied it up on a PP.
Shots were 15-7.
The Canadiens killed off a 5-on-3 disadvantage.
They went eight minutes without a shot and ended up with five during the period, while Carolina had 15.
But the PK and Carey Price hung tough, and Max Pacioretty's 17th of the season was the only goal of the period.
Carolina's PP is 0-for-8.
It took only 80 seconds for Lars Eller to get the Canadiens on the board, off a good forecheck and pass by Alex Galchenyuk.
Then the power play – 0-for-12 on the road trip – produced Max Pacioretty's 16th of the season, a redirection of a David Desharnais feed.
At that point, the Canadiens had outshot Carolina 6-1.
A few power plays, including a brief 5-on-3, got the home team back on track; and the final shot margin was 11-10 for the Canadiens.
The second period will begin with Josh Gorges in the penalty box.
Your Montreal Canadiens end the calendar year in Raleigh, N.C., where they'll play the fifth game of the season's longest road trip.
The Carolina Hurricanes, coached by CH alumnus Kirk Muller, are seventh in the Metropolitan Division and seventh in the battle for Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spots.
The Canadiens are coming off a dispiriting 4-1 loss to the lowly Florida Panthers.
Carolina played in Toronto Sunday night, outshot the home team 43-27 but still contrived to lose 5-2.