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Canes win by netting four goals in under nine minutes

Dec 31, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

Carolina Hurricanes' Nathan Gerbe (14) tries to gather in the puck in front of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) as Canadiens' Josh Gorges (26) joins the play during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) AP

After dropping five straight games and with their hopes of making the playoffs fading, the Carolina Hurricanes were in desperate need of a big, morale boosting win. Tonight’s 5-4 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens certainly qualifies.

Montreal got off to a strong start, thanks in large part by Max Pacioretty, who scored twice to give the team a 3-0 lead going into the second intermission.

Then the Hurricanes turned the tide. Jeff Skinner scored back-to-back power-play goals in just 37 seconds to shave the Canadiens’ lead to a single marker. It wasn’t long before Eric Staal managed to tie it and then Manny Malhotra found the back of the net for just the second time this season. All-in-all, the Hurricanes scored four goals in under nine minutes to climb ahead 4-3.

Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban managed to capitalize on a power-play opportunity to even the game. The contest went into overtime and it was up to Alexander Semin, who has struggled significantly this season, but is showing signs of heating up, to break the tie in overtime:

The Hurricanes improved to 15-16-9 this season, but this was just their second win in 10 games. They’ll try to make it two in a row against Washington on Thursday.

  1. brownsbravescanes - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    The first half of the 3rd was the best this team has played all year. Hopefully this gets them going on the right track.

  2. ribs108 - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Can anyone truly say that Luongo, Ward, Smith and especially Price, is playing better this season than Martin Brodeur? HE should be Canada’s Olympic goalie! I know he hasn’t been stellar in the playoffs recently, but now that he’s being pushed as a #1 goalie, his pride seems to be allowing him to step it up. I’m sure he’d give Canada their best chance at gold. Price is just a rebound machine who’s waiting for his time to choke. You can just see him thinking ahead to the olympics and sweating. Go Marty!!

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