Lee Stempniak scored two goals and was the craftsman of a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Center.
Stempniak, who had not found the net since 3 March, first broke the tie 1-1 late to the second 20. He added his 14th of the season to 5:11 of the third period.
Elias Lindholm, on a power play late in the first half, also defeated Carey Price, who had nothing to complain about. Price blocked 19 washers. Jeff Skinner added a goal in a deserted net at the end of the third.
Alex Galchenyuk was by far the most dynamic and dangerous player in Canada. It was Galchenyuk who returned the honor of opening the mark on the first 20 against Eddie Lack. In his first career game against the Canadian, Lack was even less busy than Price, facing 22 shots, only six in the third.
After his two precious weekend triumphs against the Ottawa Senators, the Canadian has just suffered two setbacks in a row at home against formations that would not participate in the playoffs if the season ended tonight.
The men of Claude Julien will try to take advantage of the Senators next visit on Saturday night to find the path of victory. It will be the third and final duel between the two rivals of the Atlantic section in eight days.
Good start for the new trio
The offensive unit composed of Andrew Shaw, Alex Galchenyuk on the left and Artturi Lehkonen had a good start and a good first period in general. The work of the three players led to the first goal of the premises, that of Galchenyuk, which completed a beautiful pass of Shaw during the seventh minute of play.
However, the men of Claude Julien experienced a second half of less convincing period. After Galchenyuk’s net, the Canadian got only three shots to Lack until the end of the engagement, including an interval of about eight minutes without putting the Hurricanes goalkeeper to the test Only once.
Meanwhile, Bill Peters ‘troop appeared to feel more and more comfortable in a building that is generally hostile to him and where his last victory was in February 2012. The work of the Hurricanes’ young players was successful when Lindholm scored his 10th of the season on power play with just under four minutes playing at the first twenty.
As a result, the Swedish striker scored one point in a ninth consecutive game.
The game offered on both sides to the second twenty was devoid of emotion on both sides. The Canadian players remained as inert as in the second half of the first period, before starting to increase their intensity. Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov and Paul Byron, the latter with a beautiful surge, have threatened Lack in turn.
But it was the Hurricanes who found a way to get a one-goal lead at 19:21 of the period, when Stempniak defeated Price with a reverse shot that initially gave Skating Alexei Emelin before turning abruptly to the right of the Habs goalkeeper, completely helpless on the game.
Stempniak handed it over to an overstaff at the beginning of the third, before the Canadian took advantage of its first numerical superiority of the encounter, halfway through the engagement.
This numerical advantage, like many others since the beginning of March, has nevertheless generated nothing.
Claude Julien withdrew Price in favor of a sixth striker with 2:30 to play, but Skinner pushed Jeff Petry out of the puck as if he was a toddler and scored in a desert net less than 30 seconds later.