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Montreal at Carolina

Hurricanes 5, Canadiens 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping that one splendid period and a winning goal in overtime will change the direction of their season.

Alexander Semin scored 3:27 into the extra session, and the Hurricanes snapped a five-game losing streak with a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

"It's a big win, a character-type win," Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said. "This is something you can build on.

"We wanted it. A lot of fun to be part of it."

Manny Malhotra scored the fourth goal in a seven-minute span for the Hurricanes, who had trailed 3-0 in the second period.

"You sit there in the dressing room and you have the options of folding or going in and playing the third period the way they did," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "They gelled together and went for it.

"That's what the season is all about with team bonding and building. A lot of guys probably feel really good about themselves, and it's a big win."

Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban tied the game 4-4 with 9:44 remaining in regulation.

Jeff Skinner scored a pair of power-play goals 37 seconds apart, and Staal tied the game at 3 just 4:07 into the third period.

"We stuck with it the whole game, and it paid off for us," Skinner said.

Cam Ward made 21 saves in the win. He played in back-to-back games for the first time in a month.

Ward kept Montreal at bay as the Hurricanes rallied.

"This can be the period that turns the season around," Muller said of the third period.

Max Pacioretty scored two goals, and Carey Price stopped 37 shots in a losing cause.

"(The penalties) take all the momentum away that we got," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "When you end up losing the momentum, it is tough to get it back.

"As the coach, I am responsible for the discipline of my team, and I will make sure it won't happen again."

Lars Eller and Pacioretty scored in the opening eight minutes, and the Hurricanes failed on their first seven power plays in the first 35 minutes.

Montreal dropped to 2-3 with one game remaining on a six-game road trip. The Canadiens failed to score during a power play that lasted the final 3:56 of regulation.

Pacioretty has a team-high 17 goals, including eight in December. His first of the night was Montreal's first of the power play in five games.

Eller, scoreless in the previous 11 games, scored 1:20 into the game from in front of Ward.

Trailing 2-0, the Hurricanes were denied on a brief 5-on-3 power play.

Pacioretty scored again to put the Canadiens ahead 3-0.

Notes

The Canadiens will complete their trip on Thursday at Dallas. .... Carolina captain Eric Staal played in his 730th game with the Hurricanes, the most of any player since the franchise relocated from Hartford, Conn. He moved in front of former defenseman Glen Wesley. ... The Hurricanes recalled G Anton Khudobin from a conditioning stint with the Charlotte (AHL). He didn't play in the game.

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Scoreboard
Montreal (23-14-4)21104
Carolina  (15-16-9) «00415
Three Stars
J. Skinner
CAR


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. Semin
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Staal
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:20 - Lars Eller (9), Backhand Shot. Assist: Galchenyuk
07:46Power Play - Max Pacioretty (16), Tip-In. Assist: Desharnais, Markov
2ND PERIOD
14:24 - Max Pacioretty (17), Snap Shot. Assist: Subban, Desharnais
3RD PERIOD
01:38Power Play - Jeff Skinner (15), Snap Shot. Assist: Staal, Sekera
02:15Power Play - Jeff Skinner (16), Snap Shot. Assist: Sekera, Staal
04:07 - Eric Staal (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Skinner, Bellemore
08:16 - Manny Malhotra (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Boychuk, Ruutu
10:16Power Play - P.K. Subban (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Markov, Desharnais
OT
03:27 - Alexander Semin (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Hainsey, Staal
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:00Staal, 2 min, Interference with goal tender.
05:22Eller, 2 min, Tripping
06:02Faulk, 2 min, Slashing
12:34Plekanec, 2 min, Holding
13:58Emelin, 2 min, Holding
15:35Faulk, 2 min, Hooking
19:35Gorges, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
02:23Desharnais, 2 min, Tripping
09:23Galchenyuk, 2 min, Slashing
09:38Bournival, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice(bench)
19:39Gorges, 2 min, Roughing
19:57Staal, 2 min, Delay of Game
3RD PERIOD
11.0Markov, 2 min, Hooking
01:38Gallagher, 2 min, Abuse of Official(bench)
09:24Ruutu, 2 min, Interference
16:31Staal, 2 min, Boarding
16:31Staal, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
MON115723
CAR10151540
 
Other Games
Pitt 1 Final
NJ 2
NYR 2 Final
Fla 1
StL 2 Final
Min 1
NYI 5 Final
Bos 3
Buf 0 Final
Wpg 3
SJ 3 Final
Ana 6
LA 2 Final
Dal 3
Colu 3 Final
Colo 5
Phi 4 Final
Cal 1
Edm 3 Final
OT
Pho 4