MONTREAL (CP) - Frantisek Kaberle scored the winning goal in his first game of the season to give the slumping Carolina Hurricanes a big 2-1 win Tuesday over the Montreal Canadiens.
Justin Williams also scored and Cam Ward made 25 saves for the Hurricanes (26-22-7), who won for only the second time in eight games.
Alex Kovalev scored the lone goal for the Canadiens (29-20-6), who have lost three of their last four games.
David Aebischer got his third start in the last four games for Montreal and was solid in making 32 stops.
Kaberle missed the first 55 games of the season while recovering from back surgery. He made a grand entrance by scoring the winner at 10:52 of the third on the power play.
Canadiens owner George Gillett attended the game but did not speak to reporters after the announcement Tuesday morning that he and Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks are purchasing Liverpool FC of the English Premiership.
There was no evidence of a sudden turn of allegiance to Liverpool by the sellout Bell Centre crowd of 21,273, many of whom came dressed in Canadiens jerseys.
But the crowd did remember to boo Williams every time he touched the puck - and also when he was named the game's first star - as Montreal fans haven't forgotten his high-stick that hit Canadiens captain Saku Koivu in the eye during last year's playoffs.
Koivu missed the rest of the first-round series and the Hurricanes went on to win the Stanley Cup while Koivu's vision is still impaired because of the injury.
The Canadiens played their second straight game with wingers Sergei Samsonov and Alexander Perezhogin sitting out as healthy scratches. Samsonov - who signed a two-year, $7.05 million contract with Montreal in the off-season but has only seven goals and 15 assists in 52 games - was placed on waivers Tuesday by the Canadiens after his agent Neil Abbott went public with a trade demand.