Eric Staal scored in a shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win over the Canadiens Thursday night at PNC Arena.

Blake Geoffrion scored for the Habs in regulation, while Chad Larose replied for Carolina. Cam Ward made 30 saves in regulation for the Hurricanes, while Peter Budaj stopped 28 shots for the Canadiens.

Making up for lost time: Geoffrion, who was a healthy scratch for six consecutive games last month, has seven shots on goal in his last four games and was rewarded when he opened the scoring at 4:32 of the second period. He picked up a rebound off a Michael Blunden shot, circled behind the net and beat Carolina goaltender Ward on a wraparound.

Basic arithmetic: The Canadiens have done a better job of counting to five since Randy Cunneyworth replaced Jacques Martin as head coach. But Larose scored a power-play goal to tie the game at 1-1 at 10:02 of the second period after the Habs were penalized for having too many men on the ice. It was the 10th bench minor on the Canadiens this season and the fourth on Cunneyworth's watch. That ranks 23rd in the NHL, but it's better than last season when the Canadiens failed math a league-high 15 times.