MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens slowed down the streaking Carolina Hurricanes.
Max Pacioretty broke a tie 14 seconds into the third period and the NHL-leading Canadiens beat Carolina 2-1 on Thursday night to end the Hurricanes’ winning streak at five games.
Carey Price made 31 saves, and Andrew Shaw also scored for Montreal. The Canadiens improved to 15-4-2 and avenged a 3-2 loss last week in Carolina with backup Al Montoya in goal.
“We played solid defensively against a hot Hurricanes team,” Shaw said. “Everyone was contributing at both ends. They’d won five in a row and we knew they’d be flying.”
Elias Lindholm scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward stopped 21 shots.
“You’re not going to win every game,” Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner said. “Some games you get the bounces and others you don’t, but we have to believe in the system. There’s a lot of positive things in our game.”
The Hurricanes dropped to 8-7-4.
“We were up against a team that’s playing…