(Sports Network) - A pair of teams in search of a fourth straight victory get
together in Montreal on Monday night when the Canadiens play host to the
The Canadiens have responded with a winning streak after suffering an
embarrassing 6-0 loss on home ice to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9.
That was the third setback in a row for the Habs, but they bounced back with a
pair of post-regulation wins on the road before notching a 4-1 home victory
over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque both had a goal and an assist, while David
Desharnais and Tomas Plekanec added goals. Peter Budaj finished with 18
saves in place of a flu-stricken Carey Price.
"I thought we did a better job of protecting the front of our net and around
our net," said Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges. "They didn't get too many
second or third opportunities, which is really big for us."
While the Canadiens will take the victory, they did limp out of their arena as
both Gallagher and Max Pacioretty (upper body) did not finish the game due to
injury. Colby Armstrong also took a puck to the face and exited early, while
defenseman Alexei Emelin seemed hobbled by a lower body issue but remained in
Gallagher seemed to come out the worst of the bunch as the Canadiens said on
Sunday that he suffered a concussion and will not play against the Hurricanes.
"We're going to follow the protocol," said Montreal coach Michel Therrien at
Sunday's post-practice press conference. "He felt much better this morning
than last night."
Pacioretty, Emelin and Armstrong all practiced on Sunday, but Price and
defenseman P.K. Subban did not due to illness. The latter two could still be
in uniform tonight, but Price is likely to serve again as the backup.
Montreal will try to shake off the bumps and bruises in a meeting with the
Hurricanes, who have gone 5-0-1 in their past six and are coming off a 3-1 win
over the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Blueliner Joe Corvo had a goal and an assist, while Jussi Jokinen and Jordan
Staal added scores. Dan Ellis made 22 saves.
"It's tough every night out there," said Staal. "Getting two points is hard in
this league and with this short season every point counts even more. We've
been playing real well of late and hope to keep it going."
Corvo has logged two goals and five points in four games since being a healthy
scratch for three in a row.
Eric Staal, meanwhile, picked up an assist on Corvo's goal to extend his point
streak to 11 straight games, the longest in the NHL this season. The elder
Staal has notched eight goals and nine assists over the run, which is one game
shy of his career-best 12-game burst from Feb. 8-March 6, 2012. That streak is
also the longest for the franchise since relocating from Hartford.
Carolina picked up the home victory last week after returning from a six-game
road trip. It is 5-2-1 as the guest this season.
Defenseman Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkanen both sat out Thursday's win with
lower body injuries and were not expected to travel to Montreal, nor was
forward Jeff Skinner due to an upper body injury.
The 20-year-old is second on the club with 14 points, including seven goals.
The Hurricanes and Habs split four meetings last season. Monday is the first
of three scheduled encounters this year.
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