The Habs came out skating hard tonight – maybe a little too hard considering the three straight penalties they took in the first 10 minutes of the game. The penalty kill looked great throughout until Eric Staal was able to bury the puck into a wide open net close in, beating Jaroslav Halak and giving the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Another powerplay for the ‘Canes towards the end of the first allowed Staal to get his second of the night and the Habs headed to the dressing room for the first intermission down 2-0.
The Habs came out with a little more jump in the second and a hook from behind in the early minutes sent Latendrese on a penalty shot. I groaned and wished it was D’Agostini or Tanguay until Lats blasted a quick snapshot upstairs on Cam Ward, bringing Montreal within a goal. That got everyone sufficiently fired up and none other then Alex Kovalev tied the game with a shorthanded goal with a hard wrist shot off of a faceoff in the Carolina zone, ending his horrible 19-game scoring slump.
The parade of penalties didn’t end in the third though, and Joe Corvo was eventually able to pound a puck past Jaroslave Halak on a two-man advantage to give the ‘Canes a 3-2 lead. Despite some hard pressure and a near goal from Kovalev in the final seconds, Carolina hung on to win it.
Next game is Thursday back at home against the Flyers. Halak has been decent and he certainly can’t be blamed for the loss tonight but I’m hoping to see Price back in. The powerplay got only one change tonight but it was wasted, leaving us at 1-15 in our past three games.