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Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 18 seconds apart during a three-goal third period, and the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-0, at the Bell Centre.

Brandon Prust potted the first goal for Montreal, which sits atop the Northeast Division. Peter Budaj recorded his 10th career shutout with a 19- save performance.

Cam Ward stopped 23 shots for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.

Both teams entered play riding three-game winning streaks.

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