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Spacek leads Hurricanes past his former Canadiens teams 5-3

MONTREAL – Jaroslav Spacek let his emotions show in his first game back in Montreal.

Spacek scored and celebrated with a leap into the glass in his return to Montreal as the Carolina Hurricanes snapped the Canadiens’ four-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory in the NHL late Monday.

“I’m not like Mike Cammalleri, he scores often,” Spacek said of his former Canadiens teammate who is now with the Calgary Flames. “I don’t, so I have to celebrate a little bit. Especially here. I’m so happy.”

Spacek was traded to the Hurricanes on Dec. 9 in exchange for a fellow Czech, defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

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Spacek put his former teammates in a 2-0 hole in the second period when Jeff Skinner found him back-door on a Carolina power play.

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal liked seeing Spacek fired up against his former team.

“That was a big win for us,” Staal said. “Spatcho’s a great team guy. He’s got that personality where he never seems to be in a bad mood. And any time you score against your old team, I’m sure it’s a good feeling and it was for him tonight.”