Montreal defensive specialist Guy Carbonneau scored two goals tonight to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Hartford Whalers and tie their best-of-seven Adams Division final series at 1-1.
Game 3 is set for Monday at the Hartford Civic Center.
" Carbonneau is their offense at the moment," said Hartford Coach Jack Evans. "Tonight, his line with Bob Gainey and Chris Nilan had nine shots -- and they're supposed to be Montreal's checking line."
Montreal took a 1-0 lead on a power play at 12:33 of the first period when Stephane Richer slapped the puck from the left faceoff circle past goalie Mike Liut.
Carbonneau scored his first goal at 17:04 after Nilan intercepted an errant clearing pass by Hartford defenseman Joel Quenneville. Liut stopped Nilan on his initial 15-foot slap shot and again on the rebound, but Carbonneau slipped a second rebound into the open side of the net.
Carbonneau then gave Montreal a 3-0 lead at 6:12 of the second period when he took the puck at the Hartford blue line, skated around Scott Kleinendorst and sent the puck between Liut's legs.
"They Canadiens expect us to play well defensively," Carbonneau said. "But when you score like that, it helps. We knew we had to shoot a lot against Liut and send the second guy to the net. Everything went our way."
Carbonneau also played a strong game defensively, blocking several shots with his body while killing penalties.
Hartford got on the scoreboard with a power-play goal by Ray Ferraro at 7:17 of the second period. Rookie goaltender Patrick Roy made the initial glove save on a slap shot from the point by Kevin Dineen, but Ferraro slipped the rebound by him.
Montreal got off to a fast start, outshooting Hartford, 15-2, in the first period. The Whalers outshot Montreal, 12-6, in the second period, but Roy made several good saves among his total of 24.
His biggest save came in the second period when he caught a 10-foot wrist shot from Sylvain Turgeon, who was going for the upper left corner. He did a split to stop Turgeon again in the third period.
"I felt better than the last game, maybe because we had four days off," said Roy. "It was just a question of getting back my timing."
For the second game in a row, Hartford tough guy Torrie Robertson was on the losing end of a fight with John Kordic, Montreal's designated fighter called up from the farm system. Kordic pummeled Robertson before being hauled off by the linesmen.
The third period was scoreless with no penalties.