Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner scores on Canadiens goaltender Carey Price during the first period on Wednesday night. Ellen Ozier, Reuters
• PREGAME AUDIO: Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice
• At a Glance: For the third time in seven games, Carey Price was pulled in favour of Alex Auld as the Canadiens lost 6-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Rookie Jeff Skinner put on a show throughout the game, scoring a pair of first-period goals, both off Canadiens turnovers. Skinner beat Price between the legs at 11:01 of the first period after a pass eluded Scott Gomez. At 15:06, he took advantage of another turnover and deked Price with a nifty backhand goal. In the second period, Michael Cammalleri scored a power-play goal at 5:23 to make it 2-1 for the Hurricanes, but Carolina wasted little time hitting back. Jamie McBain scored from the point on a shot Price never saw at 6:10 and Joni Pitkanen’s shot found the back of the net at 9:03. Skinner collected an assist on that goal. Auld came in to play the third period in place of Price, who has struggled away from the Bell Centre recently. P.K. Subban scored Montreal’s second power-play goal of the game 9:01 into the third period to narrow the Hurricanes’ lead to 4-2. McBain scored his second goal of the game during a 3-on-1 break with five minutes to play in the third period to make it 5-2. Cory Stillman made it 6-2 with a power-play goal at 17:47.
• What It Means: The Canadiens fall to 41-30-7 for 89 points, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Sabres, who sit in seventh place with 87 points. The Hurricanes now have 84 points, three behind the Rangers for eighth place in the East.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens play the Devils in New Jersey on Saturday night before embarking on the final week of their regular season with games aganst the Blackhawks at home and then in Ottawa on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday to end the season.