Eurosport - Thu, 01 Apr 08:23:00 2010
Cam Ward made 34 saves in his second game back from injury to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory at the Montreal Canadiens.
Eric Staal hit the game winning goal at 2:55 in the third period to secure victory for Ward, who played his first game since Feb. 3 on Monday following a back injury.
Despite being outshot 12-2 in the first period, Carolina found a way to win for the third time in four games.
"We were trying a whole new thing, to see if we could win a game without actually taking a stride in the first," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "But all joking aside, we were pretty good in the third."
Canadiens defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron opened the scoring with a slap shot at 8:04 in the first before the visitors twice beat goaltender Carey Price, who finished with 25 saves.
Brandon Sutter scored at 3:44 in the second period to tie the game before Staal's wrist shot winner.
Montreal (37-32-8) remain in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference while Carolina (33-35-9) are seven points outside of a playoff spot.
Montreal are tied with Philadelphia and Boston on 82 points with the Atlanta Thrashers two points behind.
The Canadiens have struggled to score recently and are without forward Glen Metropolit who will be out for six to eight weeks with a shoulder injury.
"Sometimes when you're doing all the right things and it's not working out, you start doing the wrong things, said Habs defenseman Hal Gill. "We know what we need to do the rest of the way to get this (reach the playoffs) done."