The skinny: Brandon Prust, who is not known for his scoring prowess, snapped a 0-0 tie at 2:06 of the third period and the Canadiens went on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 Monday night at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens received another strong performance from backup goaltender Peter Budaj, who made 19 saves for the shutout.
Explosive shift: The Canadiens added some insurance when they scored two goals in a 18-second span to go ahead 3-0. Tomas Plekanec scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season with a blast that bounced off Cam Ward’s shoulder on his glove side at 12:03. Max Pacioretty followed with his first goal of the season on a bizarre play at 12:21. Pacioretty launched a harmless-looking shot from outside the blue line, but it took a weird bounce and hopped over Ward’s glove hand as he was expecting a shot along the ice.
Budaj shuts out Hurricanes
Montreal Gazette | Feb 19