Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Montreal leads 2-1

Game 1: Friday, December 5th
Game 2: Saturday, December 6th
Game 3: Saturday, December 27th
Game 4: Saturday, February 28th

Canadiens 1

(11-11-1, 26 pts)

Hurricanes 1

(7-10-1, 23 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 5, 2003

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 OT T
MTL 0 0 1 01
CAR 1 0 0 01

J. Theodore (Canadiens - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

K. Weekes (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

K. Adams (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Montreal (11-11-2-1) at Carolina (7-10-7-1) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens can stretch their season-high unbeaten streak to four games Friday night as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Montreal is 2-0-1 in its last three games after an exciting 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning as Jan Bulis scored the game-winner on a power play with 77 seconds left. He helped Montreal get the man advantage drew a high-sticking penalty on Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle and admitted that he may have faked it a bit.

"I faked it a bit on that penalty before my goal," Bulis said. "I did feel the stick of Dan Boyle on my neck. I touched my neck, I looked up. I saw the referee was watching me. ... The referee looked at me again and he went for it."

Jose Theodore made 24 saves for his 100th NHL victory and joined legends such as Jacques Plante (312), Patrick Roy (289) and Ken Dryden (258) as Canadiens who have 100 wins with the franchise.

Captain Saku Koivu also scored his first goal since returning from a preseason knee injury.

Montreal notched the victory despite not having Mike Ribiero in the lineup. Ribiero leads the team with 15 points but has not scored since October 16 and was a healthy scratch.

Carolina is 2-1-0-1 in its last four games and its 50 goals are the second-fewest in the Eastern Conference and third-worst in the NHL. Only Pittsburgh (47) and Chicago (49) have scored fewer times.

The Hurricanes got a goal from Ron Francis in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Nashville. But Jeff O'Neill has just two goals this season and none in his last seven games.

The Canadiens went 2-1-1 vs. Carolina in 2002-03.