Montreal Canadiens Pushes The Hurricanes Away.
The Montreal Canadiens extended their lead in the standings over the Carolina Hurricanes to six points with a difficult 4-3 victory at the Bell centre.
The Canadiens sent their backup goaltender, Alex Auld, in action as Carey Price was unable to perform due to a virus. The backup goalie had a difficult time, allowing soft goals and sending dangerous rebounds in front of his own net all evening long.
Andrei Kostitsyn, late in the game, scored the winning goal on a world-class deflection that sailed away from goaltender Cam Ward. Kostitsyn was also the accomplice on Lars Eller's goal during the second period.
The club could use more contribution from AK-46 these days.
Brent Sopel (picture) was in uniform for his first game with Montreal yesterday after being acquired by the club earlier this week. The veteran defense men will greatly help the Canadiens' depleted defensive unit.
Here's the Eastern Conference standings at this date. A heated playoff race is brewing up and all the points are important at this stage.