Canadiens double up Hurricanes 4-2
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carey Price held off Carolina and his offense got the key goals in the third period for the win.
Price had a season-high 41 saves and Brandon Prust and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists for the Canadiens as they earned a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday.
Eller's goal at 6:09 of the third gave Montreal the lead for good and P.K. Subban added a power-play goal at 7:56 to make it 4-2.
Price, who had given up 12 goals in his previous two starts, was sharp in the first and third periods and faced pressure in the second when the Hurricanes threw 21 shots at him.
"A lot of guys understand that you can't dwell on losses," Price said. "If anybody is struggling, we've got each other's back. I thought we came out strong in the first period and were a little flat in the second, but the most important thing is that we bounced back in the third period."
Carolina's top line of Eric Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty had no success against Price despite combining for 15 shots.
Price stopped Eric Staal's penalty shot with 5:08 left in the second and made a tremendous glove save against Semin also in the second. It was the first time in four games Carolina's top line has failed to pick up a point.
"We couldn't get a bounce or break," Eric Staal said. "The effort was there."
Carolina goalkeeper Justin Peters, playing his second straight game since being called up from Charlotte of the AHL, made 24 saves on 28 shots. Peters has gotten both starts since Cam Ward went out with a knee injury.
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