The Carolina Hurricanes stormed the Canadiens with over 40 shots en route to a 4-2 win.
Even with the league’s best goaltender, when you allow over 40 shots a game it is very difficult to win.
The Habs got the early jump and Michael Ryder broke out of his scoring slump thanks to a great pass from Guillaume Latendresse.
When the Habs score first they win 80% of their games.
Alex Kovalev hits the cross bar and nearly makes it 2-0 but nearly doesn’t count on the scoreboard and on the same play Hab Killer Erik Cole tied the game.
The Canes then started their rubber barrage and eventually found the net again to seal it late in the third.
The Habs were out shot but were still ‘in’ this game until the end.
Ryder and Plekanec on the scoresheet is a positive sign and hopefully Ryder can get back on track.
The Habs have still not lost consecutive games this season and the always difficult Leafs are in town Saturday to try to make sure they do.
The Canadiens hold a one point lead over the Leafs despite playing 3 games less. A win Saturday would allow them to start pulling away which is crucial now that Ottawa and even the Bruins are starting to win. Everyone in the Northeast Division is over .500 and it is beginning to tighten up.