Hamilton leads Hurricanes to shootout win over Montreal in season opener

Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Dougie Hamilton had two assists and scored the lone goal in the shootout to see the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win over Montreal in Thursday’s season opener.

Lucas Wallmark drew first blood with less than three minutes left in the first when he stashed home a rebound from a Brett Pesce shot.

Martin Necas doubled the advantage a little more than two minutes into the second by deflecting a Hamilton shot on the power play.

The rest of the period belonged to the Canadiens, though. A power-play goal by Tomas Tatar opened the flood gates. Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jordan Weal each scored to give the visitors a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

Erik Haula netted his first goal in a ‘Canes sweater to knot the game in the third period. Like Necas in the second, Haula was in the right place at the right time to beat Carey Price off a Hamilton rebound.

Montreal heads to Washington on Saturday.

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