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Hurricanes suffer first defeat after three straight victories
February 20, 2013
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MONTREAL: The Montreal Canadiens unleashed a three-goal salvo in the third period and goaltender Peter Budaj protected the shutout in a 3-0 victory over Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Brandon Prust broke the deadlock at 2:06 in the final period before Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty also netted shots 28 seconds apart to overwhelm the visiting Hurricanes and give the Canadiens a fourth straight win.

Budaj, filling in for the flu-ridden Carey Price, needed to make just 19 saves to record his first shutout with Montreal.

In Price’s absence, Budaj has won a pair of games while fending off 37-of-38 shots.

“It definitely helps my confidence to get two wins and to be able to play well,” Budaj told reporters.

“Especially when the team in front of me works really hard, I wanted to play really great.”

After finishing last in the Eastern Conference a season ago, the red-hot Canadiens (10-4-1) have moved to the top of the Northeast Division in the 48-game lockout-shortened season.

Reuters

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