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« on: April 08, 2016, 12:49:53 AM »

Welcome to the NHL, kid.

Charlie Lindgren was in goal for St. Cloud State just two weeks ago. Zach Bogosian JerseyOn Thursday night, he made 26 saves in his first NHL appearance and helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

''The guys played a fabulous game in front of me,'' said the 22-year-old Lindgren, who signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30. ''I just tried to be as calm as possible. Two weeks ago, I wouldn't have expected to be here right now. It's pretty hard to believe. It's something you dream about when you're a little kid.

''I don't think it's fully sunk in yet.''

Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist, Darren Dietz scored his first NHL goal late in the first period, and Daniel Carr and Lars Eller added the other goals for the Canadiens.

''This is what sport is all about,'' Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. ''You've got a kid that two weeks ago was in college and his first game in the NHL. Family was there tonight and he got the win, so this is a good moment.''

Riley Nash and Noah Hanifin scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward stopped 27 shots.

''I thought we made it hard on Nicklas Grossmann Jerseyourselves and turned a lot of pucks over,'' Carolina coach Bill Peters said. ''(Montreal was) tight. We couldn't get it through the neutral zone and kind of forced it into their track a little bit and then they took off in transition on odd-numbered rushes.''

No penalties were called against Carolina, with just one against Montreal.

Montreal won the season series 2-1, with other victory coming in a shootout.

With the score tied at 2, the Canadiens took the lead at 16:51 of the second period when Carr picked up the ricochet of Tomas Plekanec's shot on the right in front of Ward and tapped the puck home.
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