A big win for the Carolina Hurricanes came north of the border, on Jan. 25 at the Bell Centre, over Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.
With a lot at stake for both the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes, during a Jan. 25 battle, at the Bell Centre, only one team could keep strong in the race for the respective divisions. Carolina entered the night five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, in the wildcard race, for the final two playoff spots.
Meanwhile, the Habs are still alive in the Atlantic Division, but the top three teams are really starting to separate from Montreal and the Detroit Red Wings. Carey Price and the Habs could catch fire down the stretch and still make a playoff push, but things are looking increasingly bleak.
In an extremely high scoring affair between these two squads, the Canes were in complete control in the first period. Teuvo Teravainen and Justin Williams notched the first two goals of the game, both coming in the first 10 minutes of the contest.
Charles Hudon and Brendan Gallagher, of the Habs, tied things up early in the second period. In a stretch of time where five goals were scored in less than three minutes, the Canes were able to set the pace. Jeff Skinner scored his 15th goal of the season to re-take the lead. Teravainen tallied his second of the night just 29 seconds later to increase the lead to two goals.
The scoring was far from over at that point. Hudon also notched another, and Jeff Petry scored his first of the night. Derek Ryan and Max Pacioretty then traded goals before Williams gave the Canes the 6-5 lead halfway through the third period.
Things steadied out a bit in the final minutes of the third period. The Canes held on for the 6-5 victory with the Habs applying pressure in the final seconds.
Here’s the conclusion for the Canes and Habs from this Jan. 25 offensive thriller.