MONTREAL (Ticker) — Tuomo Ruutu scored 1:43 into overtime as
the Carolina Hurricanes recorded a 3-2 triumph over the Montreal
Canadiens on Sunday.
Eric Staal recorded a goal and two assists and former Canadien
Sergei Samsonov scored and set up a tally for Carolina, which
improved to 3-1-0 in its last four games.
“There’s something about this building, playing this team that
brings out the best in a lot of guys in our room,” Staal said.
“It’s fun trying to quiet down 21,000-plus and score some goals.
It was a huge win for our team. We came to compete, we came to
skate and it was a solid effort.”
“We played well throughout the entire game,” said Samsonov, who
was booed by the Bell Centre faithful. “It’s nice to take the
two points home. It’s a big road game and we’re in a battle for
a playoff spot, so we need to pick up some points.”
Cam Ward turned aside 26 shots for the Hurricanes.
Rookie Matt D’Agostini and Robert Lang scored and Alex Tanguay
notched two assists for Montreal, which saw its modest two-game
winning streak come to an end.
After missing his team’s last six games with the flu and a lower
body injury, Carey Price finished with 24 saves for the
“I felt a bit rusty at the start, but as the game went on, I
started to feel a little bit more comfortable,” Price said.
“Even toward the end, I didn’t feel the same way I did before
the injury. I only had one (practice) skate with the team, so
it’s kind of hard to jump right back into it.”
In overtime, Staal wristed a shot from the slot which trickled
past Price and toward the goal line. Ruutu alertly located the
puck and tapped it into the goal before he was sent crashing
into the net as well.
“The guy had time in the slot and he made good on it,” Price
said of Staal.
Staal gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead with 5:08 remaining in the
With Carolina on a 5-on-3 power play, Samsonov wristed a
cross-crease past to Staal, who beat Price for his 14th goal of
Guillaume Latendresse looked to have leveled the contest midway
through the third period, but officials ruled that Carolina’s
Matt Cullen committed a slashing penalty. Therefore after Ward
made the initial stop to gain possession of the puck, the
officials blew the whistle as Latendresse tapped the rebound
into the net.
“You could sit there and blame the referees, but at the end of
the day you still got to battle through it and work hard for 60
minutes,” defenseman Mike Komisarek said. “You can’t get too
frustrated or focus on the refs and yapping at them because it
isn’t going to accomplish much.”
Lang leveled the contest after unleashing a slap shot from the
left faceoff circle past Ward for his 11th goal of the season.