for this game

Staal, Hurricanes hand Canadiens third straight loss

Dec 17, 2008 - 3:41 AM
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Special teams were just that in this one - special.

Eric Staal scored a pair of power-play goals and defenseman Joe Corvo added another for the game-winner as the Carolina Hurricanes dealt the Montreal Canadiens their third consecutive loss with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

Guillaume Latendresse scored on a penalty shot and Alexei Kovalev ended a 19-game drought with a short-handed goal for the Canadiens, who have lost four of their last five contests.

Carolina, which entered with a league's 27th-ranked power play at 13.2 percent, took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to Staal.

"When we're moving our feet and their sticks in the air, that's the way the game's called now," Staal said. "They're going to call them. A lot of them were hooks and trips and there's not much a ref can do but call a penalty."

After Montreal failed to clear the puck, Staal opened the scoring with 9:52 left in the period when he took a cross-ice pass from Sergei Samsonov and one-timed it into the open side of the net.

Staal doubled the advantage with 2:10 remaining, notching his 13th goal of the season on another man advantage.

The Canadiens wasted little time evening the contest in the middle session after Latendresse was slashed on a breakaway by blue-liner Brett Carson at 2:35. Latendresse then blasted his attempt over the glove of Cam Ward to cut the deficit to 2-1.

"I didn't know what to do, but my best play is to shoot," Latendresse said. "It's harder for the goalie to stop a shot than a deke. The quality of the ice at the end of the period, it was the best I could do."

Montreal knotted the score at 2-2 just 82 seconds later when Kovalev scored for the first time since November 1. Kovalev, who led the team with 35 goals last season, also notched his first short-handed goal since the 2001-2002 season.

"It's definitely nice to get one but it would have been even nicer if it had won the game," Kovalev said.

With eight seconds left on a 5-on-3 advantage, Corvo netted the decisive goal with a slap shot from the high slot that beat Canadiens netminder Jaroslav Halak, who finished with 24 saves.

"(Hurricanes coach) Paul (Maurice) made some jokes on the bench to make sure to shoot the puck," Corvo said. "We had a lot of those 'oops' plays on our previous power plays."

Carolina had 11 power plays in the game and the nearly constant parade of Montreal players to the penalty box annoyed Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau.

"I really don't want to talk about it," Carbonneau said. "It's amazing for me that despite the fact they scored three power-play goals, we were in the game."

Besides the slashing penalty that led to Latendresse's penalty shot, the only other infraction called on the Hurricanes was for high sticking by Ray Whitney 5 1/2 minutes into the final period.

The Canadiens, whose power play is ranked 29th in the NHL, were unable to convert.

The rest of the way was penalty free for both teams and Carbonneau said he thought the outcome of the game may have been different had the game not been one-sided with penalties.

"I thought we played better than them," Carbonneau said. "We were all over them. They had nothing going until they had a power play. So I am happy with the way we played. I'm just not happy with the rest of the game."

Ward was solid, recording his first win since November 28. He turned aside 22 shots, making a pair of key saves in the final 10 seconds when Kovalev and Alex Tanguay almost converted a 3-on-1 rush.

"For the first most part, we were on the power play so much, they didn't really have many quality opportunities until the third period," Ward said. "It's my job to come up with that big save with 10 seconds left - and fortunately I was able to."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 2 0 2
    CAROLINA 2 1 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 12 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, JUSTIN WILLIAMS)
    10:08
    CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 13 (JONI PITKANEN) 17:50
    2ND PRD: MON - (PS) GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE 3 2:35
    MON - (SH) ALEXEI KOVALEV 6 (ROBERT LANG) 3:57
    CAR - (

    Dec 16 9:35 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 2 2
    CAROLINA 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 12 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, JUSTIN WILLIAMS)
    10:08
    CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 13 (JONI PITKANEN) 17:50
    2ND PRD: MON - (PS) GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE 3 2:35
    MON - (SH) ALEXEI KOVALEV 6 (ROBERT LANG)

    Dec 16 8:45 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 2
    CAROLINA 3
    2ND PRD: CAR - (PP) JOE CORVO 4 (ROD BRIND'AMOUR, SERGEI SAMSONOV)
    7:18

    Canadiens 2, Hurricanes 3  2nd - 12:42Dec 16 8:19 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 2
    CAROLINA 2
    2ND PRD: MON - (SH) ALEXEI KOVALEV 6 (ROBERT LANG) 3:57

    Canadiens 2, Hurricanes 2  2nd - 16:03Dec 16 8:09 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    CAROLINA 2
    2ND PRD: MON - (PS) GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE 3 2:35

    Canadiens 1, Hurricanes 2  2nd - 17:25Dec 16 8:04 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 0 0
    CAROLINA 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 12 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, JUSTIN WILLIAMS)
    10:08
    CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 13 (JONI PITKANEN) 17:50
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MON 3 3


    Dec 16 7:43 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    CAROLINA 2
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 13 (JONI PITKANEN) 17:50

    Canadiens 0, Hurricanes 2  1st - 2:10Dec 16 7:40 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 0
    CAROLINA 1
    1ST PRD: CAR - (PP) ERIC STAAL 12 (SERGEI SAMSONOV, JUSTIN WILLIAMS)
    10:08

    Canadiens 0, Hurricanes 1  1st - 9:52Dec 16 7:24 PM
  • 5
    roots
    Silversword55 Added 5 roots

    Canadiens vs. HurricanesDec 16 3:56 PM