The Carolina Hurricanes started off slowly but then exploded for three goals in the deciding third period as they held on to defeat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2 on Friday night in front of 12,101 at the PNC Arena.
Cam Ward continued his hot streak as he stopped 31 of 33 shots for the win. The goalie now has a 4-1-2 record in November along with a GAA of 1.62 and a .941 save percentage.
Carey Price took the night off for the Habs as Al Montoya took the loss.
Jeff Petry made the score 1-0 visitors later in the second period when he shot the puck into the net when Ward was knocked down. Bill Peters challenged the play but the goal stood. It was determined that the Montreal player was pushed into the goalie.
The Canes were held to a paltry four shots on goal in each of the first two periods, but Jeff Skinner got things started just 3:12 into the third when he redirected a Ron Hainsey shot with his skate past Montoya, making it 1-1.
The play was reviewed but held up because, while Skinner obviously tried to deflect the puck, he did not make a distinctive kicking motion.
Just four minutes and change later, Teuvo Teravainen scored his fifth of the season when another Hainsey shot deflected off of him.
Then Victor Rask made it 3-1 with a nifty move and shot in front of the net.
The Habs tightened things up and made the score 3-2 on a chip in By Andrew Shaw, but the Canes held on for the win.
Thay makes three wins in a row for the home team and they will close out their home stand against the Jets on Sunday.