Game 4: Ward, Hurricanes dominate Habs in home opener

0brisehiggs.gifCanadiens’ Patrice Brisebois (let) celebrates with teammate Christopher Higgins after Higgins’s goal.
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Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward did a good job imitating a 6×4-foot piece of plywood tonight, stealing the Canadiens blind – when he had to – while lifting his team to a 3-1 victory over Montreal.

Ward’s work, combined with the dominant effort of his teammates in front of the usual 21,273 sellout attending the Canadiens’ 2007-08 home opener, made for an unhappy night on Bell Centre ice.

Montreal goaltender Cristobal Huet did all that was expected of him and more, making 35 saves on 37 shots. The Hurricanes iced the victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute.

Montreal had only eight shots through two periods, then bombarded Ward with 16 in the final 20 minutes.

Cory Stillman, Matt Cullen and Chad Larose (into an empty-net) scored for Carolina, who improved their record to 4-1-1. Christopher Higgins replied for the Canadiens, who fall to 2-1-1.

Carolina’s win avenges Montreal’s 3-2 victory on Hurricanes ice on Oct. 3, their home opener.

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