Series (Game 2 of 4)

Carolina leads 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, December 31st
Game 2: Monday, January 23rd
Game 3: Tuesday, January 31st
Game 4: Thursday, March 16th

Canadiens 3

(21-19-6, 48 pts)

Hurricanes 7

(33-11-4, 70 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 23, 2006

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 1 23
CAR 2 3 27

E. Staal (Hurricanes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

C. Ward (Hurricanes - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .912

J. Williams (Hurricanes - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Montreal (21-18-6) at Carolina (32-11-4) 7:00 pm EST

Montreal (21-18-6) at Carolina (32-11-4) 7:00 pm EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes seek a franchise-record eighth straight home win when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

The Hurricanes, who are a league-best 21-4-1 at the RBC Center and have won 12 of their last 13 here, won seven straight home contests from March 16-29, 1985 when they were the Hartford Whalers.

Carolina's franchise-tying nine-game winning streak came to a halt in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes were held scoreless in nine power-play opportunities.

Erik Cole scored a goal to extend his career-high points streak to six games.

The Canadiens are coming off a humiliating 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Montreal yielded six goals in the first 13:47 of the contest and goaltender Jose Theodore was pulled after allowing five of those goals on 11 shots.

The loss was the 15th in the last 16 road games for the Canadiens.

Michael Ryder scored his team-leading 20th goal for Montreal.