Montreal-Carolina: Canadiens Break Dec. 23 Drought

Francois GendronSenior Writer IDecember 24, 2009

With a decisive 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens have won a hockey game on Dec. 23 for the first time since 1945!

The Canadiens took control of the game very early into the first period. Andrei Markov opened the score after only 1:29 of play. Markov has scored three goals in three games since his return. Andrei Kostitsyn doubled the score a minute later. His brother, Sergei, scored the third goal for the Canadiens before the 10th minute mark.

Goaltender Cam Ward was pulled after the third goal. Manny Legace went in but couldn't stop the Canadiens. Glen Metropolit added a fourth goal for the Canadiens before the end of the first period. Only Brandon Sutter scored on Jaroslav Halak during the first.

Benoit Pouliot who was acquired a few weeks ago in return of Guillaume Latendresse played a first game in his new uniform.

Glen Metropolit scored a second goal for the final score of 5-1.

With that third victory in a row, the team will fly back to Montreal in a good mood for Christmas. Jaroslav Halak and Marc-Andre Bergeron deserve a pat on the back from their teammates as both were stellar two days ago to steal an overtime victory against the Atlanta Thrashers.

The seven-game road trip will resume in a couple of days.

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