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CANES TAKE TWO FROM HABS IN OT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

(MONTREAL – JAN. 16, 2001) –The Carolina Hurricanes scored a sixth-attacker goal late in the third period and found the net again 33 seconds into the overtime period to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games tonight with a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens. The win snapped an eight game winless road streak in which the Hurricanes went 0-5-2-1.

"This one was pretty good," said Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice. "After the first period, we had a couple of Grade A chances in front of their goal, but he made some good stops. Then the guys came out believing they could win the game."

Late in the third period, from behind the Montreal net, Hurricanes captain Ron Francis centered a pass for rookie center Josef Vasicek who beat Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore to tie the game 2-2. The goal, at 19:22 of the third period, forced overtime and was Vasicek's first tally since November 29, a 2-1 overtime win against Florida.

The Hurricanes struck early in the overtime period when defenseman Marek Malik fired a slapshot from just inside the blue line. The puck deflected off of forward Jeff O'Neill's skate and onto the stick of defenseman David Tanabe. Tanabe tipped the puck to Francis cutting through the slot. Francis beat Theodore over the right shoulder for his third goal in two games and a Hurricanes victory.

"We knew we didn't play well for 40 minutes," said Francis. "Mo said to go out and work hard and chip away at it. It's a credit to the guys that we came back and won the game."

Carolina forward Sami Kapanen scored the Hurricanes first goal of the evening, unassisted, at 2:56 of the third period. Kapanen gained control of the puck at the left faceoff circle and used his speed to close in on Theodore and beat him over his left shoulder.

"The first goal by Kapanen gave us a chance to win and then Joe Vasicek and Ronnie Francis were just special," said Maurice.

Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe stopped 28 of 30 Montreal shots on goal and held the Canadiens scoreless in the second and third periods. Irbe has started the last 30 games for Carolina and appeared in the Hurricanes' last 31 games.

NOTES: The win was Carolina's first in Montreal in five games… Carolina has killed off 12 straight power plays on the road including seven against the Canadiens tonight…

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
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Montreal20002

First Period: Scoring: 1, Montreal, Kilger 8 (shorthanded) (Poulin,Dykhuis), 10:03. 2, Montreal, Petrov 7 (Chouinard, Weinrich), 19:13.Penalties: Vasicek, Car (hooking), 6:15; Campbell, Mon (holding stick),8:16; Poulin, Mon (high sticking), 12:24; Oneill, Car ( double highsticking minor), 12:31; Francis, Car (interference), 16:55.

Second Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: G Wesley, Car (hooking),5:58; Francis, Car (high sticking), 10:58; Campbell, Mon (high sticking),12:45.

Third Period: Scoring: 3, Carolina, Kapanen 13 (unassisted), 2:56. 4,Carolina, Vasicek 6 (Francis, Kapanen), 19:22. Penalties: Battaglia, Car(roughing), 5:56.

Overtime: Scoring: 5, Carolina, Francis 11 (Tanabe, Malik), 0:33.

SHOTS ON GOAL
Carolina 75101--23
Montreal

9
11
10
0
--30

Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 3, Mon - 0 of 7. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (30 shots, 28 saves; record: 18-14-6). Montreal, Theodore (23, 20;record: 9-15-2). A:19,371. Referees: Ohalloran, Peel. Linesmen:Champoux, Kovachik.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS
Carolina    Montreal    
 GA+/-Shots GA+/-Shots
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Malik
Oneill
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
Willis
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
even
-1
even
+2
+1
-1
even
even
+1
-2
even
+1
+2
even
+3
+1
-1
-1
1
2
2
1
0
0
0
0
5
1
0
1
2
0
2
2
1
3
Asham
Brisebois
Campbell
Chouinard
Dykhuis
J Lind
Kilger
Koivu
Landry
Markov
Petrov
Poulin
Robidas
Savage
Souray
Weinrich
Witehall
X Delisle
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
-1
+2
+1
+1
+1
even
even
-2
even
-1
even
+1
-1
-3
-2
-1
even
even
0
2
1
1
2
2
1
4
0
2
4
1
0
4
2
0
0
4
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