RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Even after another dominating performance, the Carolina Hurricanes were left to deal with another disappointing outcome.
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.
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 of been for our penalty kill they would have killed us.”
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.”
But 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 penaltykillers.
Wesley returned after missing seven games with a shoulder injury. … The Hurricanes and Boston were the only teams without a short-handed goal before Friday’s games. … Montreal averages 11.2 penalty minutes—second-bestin the NHL—but was called for six penalties in the first period.