I don't think Daniel Carr woke up this morning thinking he'd be scoring his first NHL goal tonight. Let alone, scoring it on his first career shift. Carr was penciled into the lineup earlier today when it was revealed Devante Smith-Pelly would be out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Almost three minutes into the game, Carr took a pass from Christian Thomas and wrapped it in past Cam Ward for his first career NHL goal. I think the last Habs player to score on his first career shift was Max Pacioretty in 2008.
Lars Eller took an ill-advised tripping penalty, giving the Hurricanes their 83rd change on the powerplay. The Canadiens' NHL-second-best penalty-kill broke down for a split second, giving Jordan Staal all the room he needed to set up Jeff Skinner for his sixth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1.
The Habs earned their second powerplay of the game with under two minutes left in the first period. They managed to fire off one good shot on Cam Ward, who turned aside a low Plekanec's shot from five feet out in the slot. The Habs will have 1:13 of powerplay time to work with to start the second period.
|02:44||MTL||Daniel Carr (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Christian Thomas (2), Brian Flynn (4)||1 - 0 MTL|
|13:15||CAR||Jeff Skinner (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (5), Andrej Nestrasil (3)||1 - 1 Tie|
|04:16||CAR||Eric Staal Hooking - 2 min against Max Pacioretty|
|11:15||MTL||Lars Eller Tripping - 2 min against Andrej Nestrasil|
|18:47||CAR||Ron Hainsey Hi-sticking - 2 min against Dale Weise|