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Fly on the Wall - Dec. 21, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Here’s what the Hurricanes had to say after eking out a questionable 3-2 overtime win at the Bell Centre on Sunday night. 

Ward on his two early Christmas gifts

They say the posts are a goaltender’s best friends but Carolina goalie Cam Ward knows he also got a little help from two other friends on Sunday night.  With two Habs goals called back, things felt a little easier for the Hurricanes’ keeper.

“I guess that was the call that they made so it was a lucky break for us, but you'd like to think you work for your breaks. There’s no question we got a couple calls, though. We played with a lot of enthusiasm tonight and it’s easy to do that in Montreal with the atmosphere they have here.” 

Paul Maurice doesn’t want you to like him

When asked if he felt the ‘Canes got some lucky breaks on the two disallowed goals, Carolina’s newly re-minted head coach Paul Maurice seemed to disagree with the 21,273 booing fans in attendance.

“Not on the first one, not even a bit. I think, as a matter of fact, they may have gotten a break; it should have been a penalty.  Turns out, you’re actually not allowed to kick the opposing goaltender in the National Hockey League.  I’m not sure, though. Maybe in this province it’s different,” grinned Maurice.  “There was some booing after that, but no, that wasn’t a goal.  The second one? They scored 30 seconds later anyway so there’s no big deal there, is there?”

Eric Staal’s zen moment

Carolina sniper Eric Staal’s three-point night - including his setup of the overtime winner – didn’t gain him any new fans in Montreal, which suits him just fine. He prefers the silence, anyway.

“There’s something about this building and something about this team that brings out the best in a lot of guys in our room.  There’s a huge snowstorm outside and the building was packed even during the warm up, which is incredible. It’s really fun to score in here when there are 21,000 of them in the building totally silent at the end of it.”

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