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MTL@CAR: Postgame

The Canadiens close out 2019 with a loss to the Hurricanes

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

RALEIGH - The Canadiens lost 3-1 to the Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

As per tradition, the Canadiens played one last pregame soccer before 2019 came to a close.

Let's just say that Brendan Gallagher is going to want to forget this one.

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It was a special night at PNC Arena for 23-year-old Lukas Vejdemo, who played his first career NHL game on Tuesday.

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The Hurricanes took the lead early in the game. With Artturi Lehkonen in the box, Sebastian Aho whacked the puck in the air to give his team a 1-0 lead.

The Canes' lead didn't last too long, however. Around two minutes after Aho's goal, forward Max Domi broke up a play in the Carolina zone before getting off a perfect top-corner shot to tie things up.

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With the goal, Domi extended his scoring streak to six games. The last Habs player to enjoy a six-game goal-scoring run was Max Pacioretty, back in January 2015.

The teams headed to the room tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Carolina took the lead again with 12:26 to go in the middle frame when Erik Haula beat Charlie Lindgren to make it 2-1.

Rod Brind'Amour's squad was leading 22-19 in shots after 40 minutes.

There was some bad news for Habs fans, as Gallagher left the game in the second period after a run-in with teammate Ben Chiarot. He did not return.

Lindgren made an incredible save early in the third period to keep his team in the game.

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The Habs thought they had tied things up with 8:08 to go in regulation when Ryan Poehling drove to the net to pick up a loose puck and make it 2-2.

But the Hurricanes challenged the play on account of goaltender interference, and the goal was indeed overturned after review to keep the score at 2-1.

Ryan Dzingel added an empty-netter to make it 3-1.

The Canadiens play their first game of 2020 on Thursday, when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Bell Centre.

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