Habs net 3 in 3rd to top Hurricanes

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Updated: February 18, 2013

Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 18
seconds apart during a three-goal third period, and the Montreal Canadiens
blanked the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0, at the Bell Centre.

Brandon Prust potted the first goal for Montreal, which sits atop the
Northeast Division. Peter Budaj recorded his 10th career shutout with a 19-
save performance.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.

Both teams entered play riding three-game winning streaks.

The contest remained scoreless until the 2:06 mark of the third. Standout
rookie Alex Galchenyuk gained the blue line and Prust finished off the rush by
putting the puck behind Ward.

Plekanec made it 2-0 when he let go a slap shot from the left circle that
clipped Ward’s left shoulder at 12:03.

The Canadiens quickly struck again as Pacioretty, a 33-goal scorer last
season, finally netted his first tally of 2013. It was a fluky goal, with Ward
misplaying Pacioretty’s dump-in from center ice.

Game Notes

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal had his point streak snapped at 11 games …
Montreal had been outscored 14-8 in the third period this season … The
Hurricanes placed defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason on injured reserve
Monday with lower-body injuries … Carolina also played without skilled
forward Jeff Skinner (upper-body injury) on Monday … Montreal rookie forward
Brendan Gallagher missed the game with a concussion suffered Saturday against
Philadelphia.