Semin's OT goal gives Canes 5-4 win over Canadiens

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm •  Published: December 31, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping that one splendid period and a winning goal in overtime will change the direction of their season.

Alexander Semin scored 3:27 into the extra session, and the Hurricanes snapped a five-game losing streak with a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

"It's a big win, a character-type win," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "This is something you can build on.

"We wanted it. A lot of fun to be part of it."

Manny Malhotra scored the fourth goal in a seven-minute span for the Hurricanes, who had trailed 3-0 in the second period.

"You sit there in the dressing room and you have the options of folding or going in and playing the third period the way they did," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "They gelled together and went for it.

"That's what the season is all about with team bonding and building. A lot of guys probably feel really good about themselves, and it's a big win."

Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban tied the game 4-4 with 9:44 remaining in regulation.

Jeff Skinner scored a pair of power-play goals 37 seconds apart, and Staal tied the game at 3 just 4:07 into the third period.

"We stuck with it the whole game, and it paid off for us," Skinner said.

Cam Ward made 21 saves in the win. He played in back-to-back games for the first time in a month.

Ward kept Montreal at bay as the Hurricanes rallied.

"This can be the period that turns the season around," Muller said of the third period.

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