Carolina Wins Opener Against Habs


Dougie Hamilton scored in the shootout, Petr Mrazek stopped three shots in the tiebreaker and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in Raleigh.

Erik Haula, making his debut with the Hurricanes, tied it at 3 with a power-play goal with 13:05 left in regulation.

Martin Necas also scored with the man advantage for a Carolina team that struggled in those situations during the post-season.

Jordan Weal, Tomas Tatar and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each scored during a three-goal second period and Carey Price stopped 40 shots for Montreal, which has earned at least one point in six straight openers.

The Canadiens play the Maple Leafs in the NHL on Saturday night in Toronto.