Canadiens-Hurricanes: Habs on a Roll

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Canadiens-Hurricanes: Habs on a Roll
IconThe Montreal Canadiens played a very solid game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

The Habs atoned for a humbling loss to the Canes at the Bell Centre in Montreal two weeks ago by scoring five first-period goals, en route to a 7-4 win.

Montreal's power play unit was again a bright spot. After yesterday's game, the club's power play success rate stands at 32.7 percent—the best in the NHL.

Even without the departed Sheldon Souray, the Habs show no signs of slowing down in five-on-four situations.

Four of the Canadiens' first-period goals came on power plays, tying a club record established in 1983. Their five total power play goals also tied a club record, this one dating back to 1975.

In two games against the Canes at the RBC Center in Raleigh this season, the Habs are 8 for 16 in converting power play opportunities.

Tomas Plekanec exploded for four points on Friday—two goals and two assists. The young veteran has shown great consistency to date, and looks primed to register the best season of his career.

It seems the Habs are finally set to reap the fruits of a wise investment.

There's no rest for the Canadiens tonight, as they travel to Pittsburgh to face Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Carey Price will start in goal for Montreal, the third start of his young career.

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