Habs Fall to Hurricanes, Lose 3rd Straight
Well the Habs are officially on their first losing streak of the season. The Carolina Hurricanes scored a pair in the 3rd to hand Montreal a 3-2 loss, the team’s 3rd straight losing effort. Montreal backup goalie Al Montoya was in net for Montreal and played well, but bad luck and a rally by the Hurricanes were too much to handle. The loss means the Canadiens are now 13-3-2 this season, while Carolina improves to 6-6-4.
Both teams played a quiet first period that saw no goals on either side, and only a single penalty, a slashing call to Montreal’s Shea Weber. The Habs were able to put up a 1-0 lead midway through the 2nd with a goal from Jeff Petry, his 3rd of the year. The goal was challenged by Carolina coach Bill Peters who alleged that goalie Cam Ward had been interfered with. However the officials ruled that Daniel Carr had been checked into Ward by Carolina’s Noah Hanifin, therefore the goal was ruled official.
The third period saw the Hurricanes peel off three straight goals in a little under 6 minutes. Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask each had their 7th of the year, while Teuvo Teravainen had his 5th. Montreal’s Andrew Shaw beat Ward at the 15:29 mark to put the Canadiens within one, but the goal came too little too late and Carolina was able to squeeze past the league leading Canadiens.
Habs Head Home for Three Straight
With the game in Carolina behind them, the Canadiens now return to the Bell Center for a three game homestand. The Habs will be looking to start a new home winning streak, having lost a 4-3 overtime game to Florida on Tuesday. That loss snapped a ten game home winning streak for the Habs, as well as Carey Price‘s own ten game unbeaten streak for the season.
Habs fans can fully expect to see Price in nets on Saturday as the Canadiens take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. This will be the second meeting between the long time rivals this season. Montreal took the first encounter 2-1 on October 29, a game that marked the first taste of the rivalry to young Toronto stars such as Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews. The Leafs hope to be able to avenge the loss and make some headway in the standings. The Leafs sit 5th in the division with a 8-6-3 record. Game time is 7:00PM EST.
The Habs Report is A Proud Creation of Checklistcenter, the Official Blog of Breakninja