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Ribeiro goal denies Weekes a record

2/29/2004

MONTREAL (AP) -- Mike Ribeiro made the most of a second chance at
a perfect setup.

Ribeiro scored 3:38 into overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens
to a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Montreal earned its second straight overtime win as Ribeiro scored his 17th goal from the right edge of the crease by redirecting Andrei Markov's pass from the left side past Kevin Weekes.

Markov teased Ribeiro after he fanned on a similar pass from the
Canadiens defenseman in the first period.

"I told him, 'If you give me one more, I won't miss it,' and
that's what happened," Ribeiro said.

Jose Theodore made 18 saves for his sixth shutout of the season,
giving Montreal its season-high fourth straight win.

The Canadiens, who beat Boston 3-2 Thursday, have won five of
six.

Weekes stopped 31 shots and was within 1:22 of setting the
Hurricanes' record of seven shutouts in a season when Ribeiro
scored.

"It was a great pass by Markov, and Ribeiro was hiding out and
he made a good play," Weekes said. "Unfortunately, it goes against
us and it's an overtime loss for us."

Weekes and teammate Arturs Irbe both have recorded six shutouts
in a season with Carolina.

Montreal went 0-for-9 on the power play. Carolina was 0-for-6.

"It wasn't an easy game to play," Ribeiro said. "That's a
team that gives a 60-minute effort. They're always in your face.
Our power play had a hard time adjusting, but thankfully we came
away with a huge two points."

Montreal, which lost a season-high four straight after the
All-Star break, is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 74
points.

The Hurricanes, who three games in to a four-game road trip, extended their point streak to six games (3-0-1-2).

Theodore was shaken up when Hurricanes forward Justin Williams
collided with him after he stopped Kevyn Adams on a short-handed
breakaway late in the third.

"I have a headache right now, but it's part of the game,"
Theodore said. "I thought he ran me pretty hard, but if that's the
price to pay for a shutout and a win, no problem."

Adams lobbied the referees for a penalty shot because he was
hauled down from behind by Montreal captain Saku Koivu. But
instead, Koivu was sent off for hooking.

"I guess his explanation was that he hooked me hard, but I
wasn't in enough," Kevyn Adams said. "But I don't know, I find
that hard to believe. I'd like to see it again. I was alone, I was
getting ready to make the play and all of a sudden the guy takes me
down like that. To me, that's a penalty shot."

Carolina's Craig Adams came close to scoring about five minutes
into the third after Theodore tried to play a puck behind his net.
Theodore scrambled back to his crease just in time to make a pad
save on Adams, who tried to stuff in the puck from the right side.

Game notes
Irbe had six shutouts in the 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons.
... The Canadiens haven't played a scoreless game since Feb. 11,
1993.