Haula helps Hurricanes earn 3-1 win over Montreal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Erik Haula is returning to his early season form after returning from an injury.

Haula had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Tuesday night..

Sebastian Aho also scored and Teuvo Teravainen had two assists for the Hurricanes (24-14-2), who won their second straight game after a three-game losing streak. Ryan Dzingel scored into an empty net.

Max Domi scored for the seventh straight game for the Canadiens (18-16-6), who dropped their third straight and closed out a seven-game trip with a record of 3-4.

Charlie Lindgren made 33 saves in his first start of the season for Montreal.

Petr Mrazek stopped 28 of 29 shots for the Hurricanes, including a save on a breakaway by Phillip Danault when the score was tied 1-1 in the first period.

Ryan Poehling appeared to tie the score at 2-2 for Montreal with 8:08 remaining in the third period, but a replay review after a challenge by the Hurricanes concluded that Danault interfered with Mrazek on the play.

''It's a very fine line, like we've seen lately,'' Haula said. ''When we bring it, we're a tough team to beat. And when we're a little off, it's tough for us to get some points.''

Haula opened the season with eight goals in his first 14 games before missing 19 of the next 21 due to injury. In five games since returning Dec. 21, he has three goals and six points, none bigger than his second-period score Tuesday.

Carolina entered the game with the seventh-most points in the Eastern Conference and looking to build on Saturday's win over Washington. The meeting with Montreal was the second game in a seven-game homestand that presents a critical opportunity to gain points in the standings near the midway point of the season.

''We understand that these are huge games, a lot of home games,'' Haula said. ''And the schedule is not getting any easier. We've got a lot of tough games coming up..''

With the score tied 1-1, Haula parked in front of the net and converted a feed from Brett Pesce after Teravainen started a rush with a clever pass to Pesce. Haula said he was frustrated to be injured this season, especially after playing just 15 games for Las Vegas last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Despite that injury, the Hurricanes saw promise in him when they acquired him in an offseason trade.

''He's done an incredible job, really, all year,'' said Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour. ''It's just unfortunate that he had to miss about a month there. He solidifies our lineup when we get the center position like that, and that line has been really effective all year, and lately especially now that he's back.''

Montreal, meanwhile, limps home after struggles on its special teams ruined an otherwise strong defensive performance on a solid night by Lindgren. The Canadiens managed just one shot on goal on three power plays and allowed Aho to score with the man-advantage.

''I think we did a decent job here tonight, keeping them to two goals, taking away that empty netter,'' said Montreal coach Claude Julien. ''At the same time, we're trying to get the most out of what we have right now, we have a lot of injuries.''

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher was injured when his head collided with teammate Ben Chiarot's knee as Gallagher fell to the ice in the third period after being checked by Carolina's Jordan Staal. Julien said Gallagher will be evaluated by doctors when the team returns home.

Aho opened the scoring for the Hurricanes on a power play just 1:55 into the game when he batted the rebound of a Haula shot into the net. A replay review confirmed that the puck was below Aho's shoulder when he hit it, so the goal was allowed to stand.

Domi evened the score at 1-1 later in the first when he poked the puck away from Teravainen in the Carolina zone and capitalized on the turnover by sending a wrist shot from the slot high into the net on Mrazek's glove side.

NOTES: Aho has scored 20 of his 23 goals since Nov. 1, more than any other NHL player during that span. ... Domi extended his point streak to eight games with his 12th goal of the season in the first period. He has seven goals and two assists in his last eight games. ... Teravainen has at least one assist in seven of his last eight games and has 33 assists this season. ''I just try to play with my head up and try to see where everybody is,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Canadiens: Begin a three-game homestand on Thursday against Tampa Bay.

Hurricanes: Face Washington on Friday in the third game of a seven-game homestand.

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123T
MON18-16-6
1001
CAR24-14-2
1113
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
B. Chiarot D00100/0021:553
N. Cousins LW00-111/0017:431
P. Danault C00048/13020:083
M. Domi C10-114/3017:581
C. Fleury D00010/0016:281
B. Gallagher RW00002/1010:570
J. Kotkaniemi C00-132/5015:191
B. Kulak D00-110/0015:452
A. Lehkonen LW00010/0215:503
V. Mete D00030/0013:311
J. Petry D00020/0021:261
R. Poehling C00030/0215:524
N. Suzuki C00-106/5020:260
T. Tatar LW00-120/0019:180
N. Thompson C00024/6011:223
L. Vejdemo C00000/0006:041
J. Weal RW00023/4013:481
S. Weber D00-140/0024:563
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C10-156/8017:443
R. Dzingel LW10240/0215:304
J. Edmundson D00010/0019:011
H. Fleury D00010/0010:530
W. Foegele RW00132/2017:411
J. Gardiner D00-100/0015:171
D. Hamilton D01230/0023:351
E. Haula C111412/4014:350
J. Martinook RW00011/0209:370
B. McGinn LW00010/0010:344
M. Necas RW00020/0011:570
N. Niederreiter LW00-100/0014:410
B. Pesce D01110/0022:590
J. Slavin D00020/0025:300
J. Staal C000213/14018:522
A. Svechnikov LW00010/0016:341
T. Teravainen RW02050/0019:130
L. Wallmark C01103/2009:480
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Lindgren (L)352330.94358:39
GOALIESSA
C. Lindgren (L)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)301290.96760:00
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)30
Jeff Petry shot on goal (Slap shot)
MON:GoalsShots
CAR:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CAR
      19:06GOAL Ryan Dzingel (Empty net shot), Assists: Lucas Wallmark and Dougie Hamilton
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      07:34GOAL Erik Haula (Wrist shot), Assists: Brett Pesce and Teuvo Teravainen
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • MON
      03:48GOAL Max Domi (Snap shot)
    • CAR
      01:55(PP) GOAL Sebastian Aho , Assists: Erik Haula and Teuvo Teravainen
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CAR
      16:54Ryan Dzingel penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
    • MON
      01:49Ryan Poehling penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      12:55Jordan Martinook penalty Slashing - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CAR
      17:52Bench penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Ryan Dzingel
    • MON
      01:20Artturi Lehkonen penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
MON
CAR
Shots on Goal3036
Goals in Power Play01
Faceoff Wins3037
Penalties23
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties23
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
MON
Shots on Goal30
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins30
Penalties2
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties2
Misconducts0
123T
MON18-16-6
1001
CAR24-14-2
1113
STARS OF THE GAME
3.3 %SHOT %8.3 %
0.917 %SAVE %0.967 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
B. Chiarot D00100/0021:553
N. Cousins LW00-111/0017:431
P. Danault C00048/13020:083
M. Domi C10-114/3017:581
C. Fleury D00010/0016:281
B. Gallagher RW00002/1010:570
J. Kotkaniemi C00-132/5015:191
B. Kulak D00-110/0015:452
A. Lehkonen LW00010/0215:503
V. Mete D00030/0013:311
J. Petry D00020/0021:261
R. Poehling C00030/0215:524
N. Suzuki C00-106/5020:260
T. Tatar LW00-120/0019:180
N. Thompson C00024/6011:223
L. Vejdemo C00000/0006:041
J. Weal RW00023/4013:481
S. Weber D00-140/0024:563
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C10-156/8017:443
R. Dzingel LW10240/0215:304
J. Edmundson D00010/0019:011
H. Fleury D00010/0010:530
W. Foegele RW00132/2017:411
J. Gardiner D00-100/0015:171
D. Hamilton D01230/0023:351
E. Haula C111412/4014:350
J. Martinook RW00011/0209:370
B. McGinn LW00010/0010:344
M. Necas RW00020/0011:570
N. Niederreiter LW00-100/0014:410
B. Pesce D01110/0022:590
J. Slavin D00020/0025:300
J. Staal C000213/14018:522
A. Svechnikov LW00010/0016:341
T. Teravainen RW02050/0019:130
L. Wallmark C01103/2009:480
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Lindgren (L)352330.94358:39
GOALIESSA
C. Lindgren (L)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)301290.96760:00
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)30
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
MON18-16-6
1001
CAR24-14-2
1113
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
B. Chiarot D00100/0021:553
N. Cousins LW00-111/0017:431
P. Danault C00048/13020:083
M. Domi C10-114/3017:581
C. Fleury D00010/0016:281
B. Gallagher RW00002/1010:570
J. Kotkaniemi C00-132/5015:191
B. Kulak D00-110/0015:452
A. Lehkonen LW00010/0215:503
V. Mete D00030/0013:311
J. Petry D00020/0021:261
R. Poehling C00030/0215:524
N. Suzuki C00-106/5020:260
T. Tatar LW00-120/0019:180
N. Thompson C00024/6011:223
L. Vejdemo C00000/0006:041
J. Weal RW00023/4013:481
S. Weber D00-140/0024:563
Total1003030/374-29
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C10-156/8017:443
R. Dzingel LW10240/0215:304
J. Edmundson D00010/0019:011
H. Fleury D00010/0010:530
W. Foegele RW00132/2017:411
J. Gardiner D00-100/0015:171
D. Hamilton D01230/0023:351
E. Haula C111412/4014:350
J. Martinook RW00011/0209:370
B. McGinn LW00010/0010:344
M. Necas RW00020/0011:570
N. Niederreiter LW00-100/0014:410
B. Pesce D01110/0022:590
J. Slavin D00020/0025:300
J. Staal C000213/14018:522
A. Svechnikov LW00010/0016:341
T. Teravainen RW02050/0019:130
L. Wallmark C01103/2009:480
Total3603637/306-18
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Lindgren (L)352330.94358:39
GOALIESSA
C. Lindgren (L)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)301290.96760:00
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)30
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
MON18-16-6
1001
CAR24-14-2
1113
TEAM STATS
3.76
GF AVG
3.74
GA AVG
.74
Power Play
3.45
GF AVG
2.92
GA AVG
.76
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.