Lee Stempniak
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RECAP: Canes Punch Habs in the Face

Who’s your daddy, Montreal?!

Shawn Michaels screwed Bret Hart out of the WWF title at the Molson Centre at Survivor Series ’97. The Carolina Hurricanes screwed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 Thursday night. It’s called Centre Bell now, but it’s the same stupid building. It was the Canes’ first win in French Canada since 2012, if you can believe that.

I take great personal satisfaction in beating the “Habs” and their insufferable fans. I also take great personal satisfaction in getting significant wins over good teams on the road. And this was a big one. Les Canadiens are in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Lee Stempniak provided two scores and Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner each had one in the victory. The Hurricanes also win the season series over Montreal 2 games to 1.

Cliff Notes

Alex Galchenyuk drew first blood for Montreal, but that was all these losers could muster. Montreal led 1-0 until Elias Lindholm answered later in the first. 1-1 at the first break.

Stempniak drilled the go-ahead goal in the second with this backhanded laser, compliments of Noah Hanifan and Justin Faulk:

Lee wasn’t done yet. He added another 5 minutes into the final period. Jeff Skinner added an empty netter to add insult to injury.

Storm Category

Cinco. Cat 5s go on the road and punch teams in the mouth. Example: Jeff Skinner knocking a Canadien on his a** to get control of the puck and slam home an empty netter for an exclamation point on the evening.

This is the kind of edge we need to learn how to sustain.

Cane of the Game

Lee Stempniak with two big goals. Well played, Lee. Here’s the other goal for your enjoyment.

Honorable mention: Eddie Lack with 21 saves. He’s allowed only 7 goals in his last 5 outings and has been playing well as of late.

Enemy of the City

I hate Montreal.

What’s Next?

Just when I thought we were done, they pulled me back in.

This team looked completely dead after a horrendous stretch of games from February to early March. But of all of the sudden, Carolina has a pulse. A strong enough pulse for us to be within five points of the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot with 10 games to go.

It’s still a long-shot. But at 77 points, we’re five behind Boston (82) for the 8 seed. The Islanders are sitting on 80 and the Lightning 79. Florida is two back at 75.

I cannot stress enough just how brutal those losses to the Avs and Coyotes were.

The Hurricanes (32-27-13) will try to keep it rolling when they travel to the Dirty Jerz to take on the Devils Sunday.

Lee Stempniak Photo Credit, Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes