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Hurricanes 3, Canadiens 1

January 30, 1999

MONTREAL (AP) _ Arturs Irbe made 44 saves and Robert Kron scored twice, as the Carolina Hurricanes, despite managing only 10 shots, beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 Saturday.

Paul Coffey also scored for the Southeast-Division leading Hurricanes, who have won their last four games at the Molson Centre.

Martin Rucinsky scored for the Canadiens, who didn’t give up a shot in the third period.

Irbe, coming off his All-Star game appearance, made several big saves to keep his team in the game early. In the first, he stopped Patrick Poulin on a short-handed breakaway and later made a skate save on Saku Koivu from the slot. He foiled Patrice Brisebois twice on a Montreal power play in the second.

After managing only two shots in the first period, Carolina scored two power-play goals in 48 seconds in the second period.

Coffey opened the scoring at 9:07 when he beat goaltender Jeff Hackett with a hard slap shot on a two-man advantage. Sami Kapanen, who has 11 points in 11 games, and Ron Francis, who has eight assists in seven games set up the goal.

With a one-man advantage, Kron scored his first by deflecting defenseman Marek Malik’s point shot to make it 2-0.

Kron extended the Carolina lead to 3-0 at 15:01, when he took a cross-ice pass from Ray Sheppard and went around Stephane Quintal before beating Hackett with a high wrist shot.

Hackett, who entered the game with a 2.12 goals-against average since joining Montreal in mid-November, was replaced by Frederic Chabot to start the third.

Rucinsky broke Irbe’s shutout bid by scoring his 12th goal of the season on the power play early in the third.

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