Montreal at Carolina

Canadiens explode with five power-play goals, Plekanec scores two


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau was asked what was working for the Canadiens with the man-advantage.

"Everything," Carbonneau replied.

Tomas Plekanec had two goals and two assists, all on the power play, to help the Canadiens beat the Carolina Hurricanes 7-4 on Friday.

"We wanted to get the puck on the net and get rebounds," Plekanec said. "We did all the right things and it paid off."

Montreal scored five power-play goals, four in the first period, en route to its third straight victory. The Canadiens have scored eight of their NHL-best 16 power-play goals in two games in Carolina, both wins.

"There are no secrets to it," Carbonneau said. "We have guys that can move the puck and make plays. You can pass it around for two minutes, but you can't score if you don't shoot it. That's all we did. Just by shooting the puck a lot, it opened other options."

Plekanec scored Montreal's first goal with the man-advantage at 8:40 in the first, and assisted on Alexei Kovalev and Mark Streit's power-play goals in the period.

"They moved the puck about as well as a power play can move it," Carolina defenseman Mike Commodore said. "We weren't great on the penalty-kill, but you have to give them credit. Their passes were right on the tape and when they had a chance to shoot, they shot. It was like Maurice Richard and Guy Lafleur out there."

Kyle Chipchura, Saku Koivu and Mathieu Dandenault also scored, and Andrei Markov added three assists for Montreal, which has 17 goals in its last three games.

The Hurricanes, who had earned at least a point in nine of their first 10 games, couldn't keep up with Montreal's special teams after center Jeff Hamilton cut the lead to 2-1 at 11:21 in the first.

Kovalev, playing in his 1,000th NHL game, made it 3-1 on Montreal's second power-play of the game at 12:20 of the first. Kovalev one-timed a crossing pass at the right circle for his fifth goal of the season and 338th of his 15-year career.

The Canadiens built a 5-1 first-period advantage when Commodore scored on his own goalie, a goal credited to Montreal captain Koivu, and Streit finished the power-play spree with a goal with 1:24 left in the first.

The Hurricanes had a second-period goal nullified by matching roughing penalties at 13:55. A penalty shot by Carolina center Eric Staal got the goal back at 14:46, which made it 5-2.

The Canadiens responded with another power-play goal, Plekanec's second at 16:20 in the second. The fourth-year Montreal center entered the game with one goal and six points in the first eight games.

Carolina's Ray Whitney and Rod Brind'Amour scored in the third period.


  • Kovalev is the third Montreal player this month to play in his 1,000th game, joining Roman Hamrlik and Bryan Smolinski.
  • For the eighth straight game, the Hurricanes outshot their opponent.
  • Carolina winger Erik Cole, who has 19 points in 19 career games against Montreal, missed his fourth straight game because of an ankle injury.
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Tomas Plekanec scores the first and last power play goals for the Canadiens. (Getty Images)
Tomas Plekanec scores the first and last power play goals for the Canadiens. (Getty Images)
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Carolina (6-2-3)1124
Three Stars
T. Plekanec

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 2
M. Streit

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
E. Staal

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
03:18Kyle Chipchura (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Andrei Markov, Tom Kostopoulos
08:40Power Play - Tomas Plekanec (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Guillaume Latendresse, Mark Streit
11:21Jeff Hamilton (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Eric Staal, Cory Stillman
12:20Power Play - Alexei Kovalev (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec
18:06Power Play - Saku Koivu (3), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
18:36Power Play - Mark Streit (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Roman Hamrlik, Tomas Plekanec
14:46Eric Staal (8), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
16:20Power Play - Tomas Plekanec (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Patrice Brisebois, Guillaume Latendresse
04:18Ray Whitney (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Keith Aucoin, Matt Cullen
18:21Rod Brind'Amour (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Justin Williams, Tim Gleason
19:09Short - Mathieu Dandenault (2), Empty Net. Assist: Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov
Penalty Summary
05:14Grabovski, 2 min, Holding
08:09Letowski, 2 min, Tripping
11:53Commodore, 2 min, Hooking
16:19Kaberle, 2 min, Hooking
17:30Wesley, 2 min, Delay of Game
18:38Kostopoulos, 5 min, Fighting
18:38Adams, 5 min, Fighting
02:52Cullen, 2 min, Cross Check
08:34Hedican, 2 min, High sticking
10:46Kovalev, 2 min, Tripping
13:55Bouillon, 2 min, Roughing
13:55Bayda, 2 min, Roughing
15:58Williams, 2 min, Roughing
18:04Komisarek, 2 min, Tripping
11:25Streit, 2 min, Interference
13:54Grahame, 2 min, Delay of Game
18:21Smolinski, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Cristobal Huet60:00324
John Grahame38:57131
Cam Ward20:00105
Game Information
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Referees - Rob Martell, Tim Peel
Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Brad Kovachik
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