Canadiens win 4-3: game story and audio

Habs in Carolina

AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Travis Moen | Carey Price | Lars Eller | Jacques Martin

Pat Hickey‘s game story:

Brian Gionta scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday night at the RBC Center. The Canadiens came back to tie the score twice in the third period on goals by Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen. The Canadiens’ other goal was a shorthanded effort by Lars Eller in the second period. Jiri Tlusty and Anthony Stewart gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead by the six-minute mark of the first period, while Brandon Sutter scored the other Carolina goal.

Quick starts: Tlusty scored the opening goal of the game at the 34-second mark of the first period. Cammalleri was quicker off the mark in the third period when he scored at 27 seconds. It was Cammalleri’s fifth of the season, but only his second in the last 11 games.

Price turns the corner: After giving up a softy to Tlusty to open the game, Carey Price stopped 30 shots and then thwarted Chad Larose, Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen in the shootout. Price failed to make a single save in two previous shootout losses this season.

Killer instinct: Eller ignited the Canadiens’ comeback when he scored a shorthanded goal at 9:06 of the second period. Eller scored on a rebound after Cam Ward stopped Raphael Diaz’s shot from the blue line. Carolina went 0-for-4 on the power play and the Canadiens’ penalty-killers are 29-for-29 over the past nine games.

Career season for Moen? Travis Moen tied the game at 3-3 when he deflected Yannick Weber’s shot over Ward’s shoulder. It was Moen’s 50th NHL goal and he has seven goals this season, one more than he scored all last season. He’s on a pace to top his career-best of 11 goals with Anaheim in 2006-07.

Quiet homecoming for Cole: Erik Cole was quiet in his first game here since signing with the Canadiens in the offseason. Cole, who played most of his first nine NHL seasons here, had only one shot on goal, but he did set up Gionta for what could been the game-winner with 19.6 seconds remaining in overtime.

What does it mean? The Canadiens are in 10th place. They are tied in points with eighth-place New York Rangers and Ottawa, but both teas have multiple games in hand.

Injury update: Scott Gomez, who missed nine games earlier this season with an upper-body injury, left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury. His condition will be evaluated Thursday in Philadelphia.

What’s next: The Canadiens close out the week with two games against offensive powerhouses. They are in Philadelphia Friday (3 p.m. ET, TSN-A, RDS, TSN Radio-990) to play the Flyers, who are the highest-scoring team in the NHL. They are back home Saturday to play the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have received a boost with the return of Sidney Crosby.

20 Comments

  1. HNS says:

    Cindy C. Is a co&$ smooch.

  2. chartraw27 says:

    Martins coaching is baffling. If Gomez hadn’t missed the third period and OT Eller would not have gotten the bit of ice time he got. We would have probably lost. I didn’t realise that Eller didn’t play in ot. That makes no sense. What is the issue with playing Eller, Cole and Pacioretty so little? Quit playing Plekanec so much on the PK. That Darche – PK Subban incident needs to be dealt with. Can’t have that happening. I think Martin needs to go. How can all these guys have so few points yet get paid 5 and 6 million bucks a year. The style of play is outdated. Going to be a tough weekend. Hopefully, Andrei K. will be back

    • Corporate says:

      Well… Let,s us analyze a little here.

      Cole: Well he played only 17 seconds less on the PP than Gionta and he was on regular shifts. Now, he doesn’t play on the PK. Also, another point might be, a guy that plays that hard and physical. Can he play for 20 minutes a game. I am not too sure.

      Max Pac: Well he was called for 2 minors, so there is less ice time there. He was playing on the Powerplay and 5 on 5 when he could.

      Eller: I agree. He is playing great as a center and we need to leave him there. he has proven time and time again he is a center and not a winger.

      My last point I want to make is that someone ha to take time away from Pleky. he is a great player, but too good for his own good. we will burn him out by the Mid season mark. We need to take him off the PP or PK and give the ice time to someone else.

  3. habin-ktown says:

    Anybody else see Crosby spear the guy when the refs were breaking up the fight

  4. Number31 says:

    Someone steal Jacques Martin’s notebook and write, “Eller is a center. Eller is not a fourth line winger.” on every page please. Then quietly return it.

  5. PureGuava says:

    I have a complaint after a victory….JM has gotta go. Muckler knew it was time for Jacques to walk after he had tried to remove all of Jason Spezza’s offensive flair, and now he’s trying to do the same with Lars Eller. He’s gotta go.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.”
    – Robert Anton Wilson

  6. LL says:

    If I were a Caner;

    Canes suck. How can you give up a 2 goal lead?

    Ward is not a thoroughbred anymore

    Mo needs to go

    Staal(Abbott) is nothing without Cole (Costello) Sorry, Hall and Oates were ™ed by Boone. ;)

    • Sami says:

      This day and age in Parity NHL, any team can come back from 2 goals down…….IMHO Ward is a thoroughbred (I’ve been a goalie for 37 years)……and I’m a huge Habs fan. We got a good two points tonight. I was more disappointed by the empty seats in their arena. Tough economic times for sure down there.


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