Habs lose 3-1 to Carolina Hurricanes
Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallaghers, centre, is sandwiched between Carolina Hurricanes' Jay Harrison, left, and Brett Bellemore during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Montreal, Saturday, September 21, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Published Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:10PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 21, 2013 10:21PM EDT
The Montreal Canadiens’ faithful were disappointed again as the hometown Habs lost their third straight pre-season game this week at the Bell Centre Saturday, 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Credit for the victory goes to Hurricanes' goaltender Anthon Khudobin, who turned back 40 of 41 shots, ceding a goal that bounced in off of Michael Bournival who was cruising through the crease late in the game.
Bournival’s goal was his fourth of the pre-season and third in two nights. Also standing out for the Canadiens was Jared Tinordi, who laid out two legal bodychecks that were hard enough to provoke fistic interventions by teammates of the victims.
Coach Michel Therrien had praise for Tinordi's hard-hitting play after the game.
"In the case of Tinordi, he played a physical game for us tonight, that's what we want him to do and he's making an effort to do it," said Therrien.
The Hurricanes opened the scoring on a goal by young Drayson Bowman, on assists from brothers Eric and Jared Staal at 14:54 of the first.
The Hurricanes extended their lead with two more goals in the second period, one by Jeff Skinner at 2:24 with an assist from Riley Nash and another on the power play by crafty Nathan Gerbe at 17:39 on assists from Eric Staal and Ryan Murphy.
Bournival scored his goal after Andrei Markov’s shot from the point deflected off him into the Hurricanes’ net, wrecking Khudobin’s shutout at 15:44 of the third period.
The Hurricanes, a team that looked listless one night earlier when being drubbed 6-0 by a young Habs squad in Quebec City, were a more feisty team Saturday, with a veteran flavor. They also received much better goaltender than offered Friday by veteran Cam Ward.
Bournival, along with Daniel Briere, led the Canadiens with six shots on net,
The game was the first of the pre-season for Habs veterans Rene Bourque, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov.
Many other better-known Habs had the night off, including P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges and Alex Galchenyuk.
Rafael Diaz led the Canadiens’ defence with 25:04 of ice time and was a plus one on the night, while Magnus Nygren was an even with three shots on net.
Carey Price turned back 24 of 27 shots by the Hurricanes.
The Canadiens fall to 1-3 on the pre-season, after losses to Buffalo and Boston earlier this week. They start the season on October 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.