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Thursday, March 7, 2013



MTL:   B. Prust (03:22 - 1st) , J. Gorges (08:19 - 1st) , L. Eller (06:09 - 3rd) , P. Subban (PPG, 07:56 - 3rd)
CAR:   J. Staal (06:07 - 2nd) , D. Bowman (10:27 - 2nd)

MTL: C. Price (W)
 CAR: J. Peters (L)

                Earlier tonight in Carolina, the 1st place Canadiens took on the 3rd place Hurricanes. 3 minutes in, Eller wins a faceoff in the Canes zone right to Emelin at the point and he does a spin a rama to get past the defensive player and his shot was stopped, but Prust was there to put home the rebound to make it 1-0. At the 8 minute mark with both teams at 4 players aside, Prust came in on a 1 on 1 and twisted back and centred the puck to Gorges and he scored to make it 2-0. 1 minute later, Staal centred the puck to Folk and he one timed a shot and Carey Price robbed him with the glove hand.  The shots in the first were 17-13 Montreal.

           6 minutes into the second,  Jordan Staals shot from the right wing beat Price to cut the lead to 1. 4 minutes later, Bowman came up the left wing and slapped a shot past Price to tie the game. Right after the goal, Habs Coach Michel Therrien called a time out to get his team back on track. With under 16 minutes to play in the second, Eric Staal was taken down on a short handed breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. Staal came in and took a shot and was stopped by the blocker of Price. The shots in the second were 21 to 5 for Carolina.

      6 minutes into the third, Prist played the puck to Gorges at the point and he brought the puck in and centred it to Eller who scored to make it 3-2. Just 2 minutes later, with the Habs on the powerplay, Markov to Subban and he one-timed a shot past Peters to make it 4-2. That would be your final as Montreal wins again and remains in first. In the third the shots were 9-6 Carolina. In the win Price was outstanding, making 41 saves on 43 shots. "We couldn't get a bounce or break," Eric Staal said. "The effort was there."In the loss, Peters made 24 saves.

      After giving up 21 shots in the second period, Montreal coach Michel Therrien let his team hear it. "We got a message from the coach...Between the second and third," Price said. " I won't go into the details but we received it loud and clear." The Habs remain in first at the moment, but with the Boston Bruins win over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight 4-2, they only have a 1 point lead over the Bruins, along with a 2 point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Will the Habs be in first come playoff time? We will have to wait 24 more games to find out.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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