Habs unbeaten in last four


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Even after another dominating performance,
the Carolina Hurricanes were left to deal with another
disappointing outcome.

Mike Ribeiro scored a power-play goal with less than six minutes
remaining to rally the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-1 tie with the
Hurricanes on Friday night.

The Hurricanes had their chances to beat Montreal, finishing
with 36 shots and seven power plays, but got their only goal in
Kevyn Adams' short-handed score.

"I don't know how to explain it," Jeff O'Neill said. "We had
shots on net, we were going to the net, we had tons of chances,
nothing is going in."

It was the 20th time in 26 games the Hurricanes have had at
least 30 shots on goal, but Carolina has scored two or fewer goals
in 19 of those games.

"That's the most disappointing tie of the year," defenseman
Glen Wesley said.

Yanic Perreault hit the post early in overtime for Montreal in
the best scoring opportunity of the extra period, and Jose Theodore
swept a deflected shot away from the goal mouth with a minute left.

Ribeiro scored his fourth goal with 5:49 left in the third period, converting a rebound of a shot by Pierre Dagenais.

"We're just not getting the bounces," Ron Francis said. "The
bounce they get goes up in the air, over a couple of our guy's
heads and ends up in our net."

Carolina was 0-for-6 on the power play through two periods.

Theodore made five saves on Carolina's seventh power play 51
seconds into the third. Sean Hill also hit the post during the
Hurricanes' man advantage.

"They were really disciplined compared to us," Theodore said.
"If it hadn't've been for our penalty kill, they would have killed

Carolina failed to score on a 2-minute, two-man advantage early
in the first against the league's worst road penalty-killing team.

"That's our opportunity to get things going at the start of the
game, but we didn't let it get to us," Wesley said. "We stayed in
the fight, and we didn't quit."

Adams scored his first career short-handed goal with 1:56
left in the period to give Carolina a 1-0 lead.

He took a pass from Marty Murray at center ice and went in alone
on Theodore. Adams was able to control a bouncing puck at the last
second and beat the Montreal goalie between the legs for his second
goal of the season and first in nine games.

"Good for him, because that's a thankless job and he doesn't
get his name in the paper," coach Paul Maurice said of Adams, one
of the team's top penalty killers.

Game notes
Wesley returned after missing seven games with a shoulder
injury. ... Carolina and Boston were the only teams without a
short-handed goal before Friday's games. ... Montreal averages 11.2
penalty minutes -- second-best in the NHL -- but was called for six
penalties in the first period.