MONTREAL (AP) _ Mike Ribeiro made the most of a second chance at a perfect
Ribeiro scored 3:38 into overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0
victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Montreal earned its second straight overtime win as Ribeiro scored his 17th
goal from the right edge of the crease by redirecting Andrei Markov's pass from
the left side past Kevin Weekes.
Markov teased Ribeiro after he fanned on a similar pass from the Canadiens
defenseman in the first period.
``I told him, `If you give me one more, I won't miss it,' and that's what
happened,'' Ribeiro said.
Jose Theodore made 18 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, giving
Montreal its season-high fourth straight win.
The Canadiens, who beat Boston 3-2 Thursday, have won five of six.
Weekes stopped 31 shots and was within 1:22 of setting the Hurricanes'
record of seven shutouts in a season when Ribeiro scored.
``It was a great pass by Markov, and Ribeiro was hiding out and he made a
good play,'' Weekes said. ``Unfortunately it goes against us and it's an
overtime loss for us.''
Weekes and teammate Arturs Irbe have both recorded six shutouts in a season
Montreal went 0-for-9 on the power play. Carolina was 0-for-6.
``It wasn't an easy game to play,'' Ribeiro said. ``That's a team that gives
a 60-minute effort. They're always in your face. Our power play had a hard time
adjusting, but thankfully we came away with a huge two points.''
Montreal, which lost a season-high four straight following the All-Star
break, is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 74 points.
The Hurricanes fell to 2-1 on a four-game road trip, but extended their
point streak to six games (3-0-1-2).
Theodore was shaken up when Hurricanes forward Justin Williams collided with
him after he stopped Kevyn Adams on a short-handed breakaway late in the third.
``I have a headache right now, but it's part of the game,'' Theodore said.
``I thought he ran me pretty hard, but if that's the price to pay for a shutout
and a win, no problem.''
Adams lobbied the referees for a penalty shot because he was hauled down
from behind by Montreal captain Saku Koivu. But instead, Koivu was sent off for
``I guess his explanation was that he hooked me hard, but I wasn't in
enough,'' Kevyn Adams said. ``But I don't know, I find that hard to believe.
I'd like to see it again. I was alone, I was getting ready to make the play and
all of a sudden the guy takes me down like that. To me, that's a penalty
Carolina's Craig Adams came close to scoring about five minutes into the
third after Theodore tried to play a puck behind his net. Theodore scrambled
back to his crease just in time to make a pad save on Adams, who tried to stuff
in the puck from the right side.