NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Vancouver|
(Wednesday, October 7th)
Final Score: Vancouver 7, Montreal 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin scored a pair of goals and
dished out an assist, as Vancouver continued its dominance over Montreal in
British Columbia with a 7-1 rout of the Canadiens at General Motors Place.
Ryan Kesler had a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who won their eighth
consecutive game over the Canadiens at home. Alex Burrows, Steve Bernier,
Mason Raymond, and Mikael Samuelsson each scored a goal. Daniel Sedin dished
out three helpers for Vancouver, which avoided going 0-4 to start the season
for the first time in club history.
Roberto Luongo was sensational between the pipes, stopping 27-of-28 shots.
"That was a fun game to play, we were rolling four lines and everybody was
chipping in and chipping out and forechecking extremely hard," Bernier said.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who haven't won in
Vancouver since November 30, 2000. BC native Carey Price had a forgettable
night, allowing seven goals on 32 shots. Price, who was making his first
career start versus the Canucks, was pulled in the third period for Jaroslav
Halak, who turned aside all three shots he faced.
Kesler lit the lamp at the 13:50 mark of the first period to give Vancouver
the early edge. Alexander Edler made his way to the Canucks' blue line and
slid a perfect pass to Kesler, who split a pair of defenders to set up a
breakaway. Kesler made a beautiful move to his right at the net before sliding
the disc past Price.
Vancouver made it a 2-0 game less than three minutes later. Raymond beat a
defender at the Montreal blue line by banking the puck off the boards before
sliding the disc past the pads of Price with a defender draped all over him.
Bernier's power-play goal with 1:26 to go put the Canucks ahead by three after
The Canadiens finally got on the board at the 3:08 mark of the second.
Kostitsyn collected the puck after a faceoff and fired a wrister from the
right circle past Luongo for a power-play score.
Henrik Sedin gave the Canucks a three-goal margin again when he lit the lamp
on the power play at the 11:59 mark of the second off a rebound. Then with
4:24 left in the stanza, Sedin took things into his own hands on a 2-0
breakaway and backhanded the puck past Price for a 5-1 lead.
Samuelsson and Burrows each scored in the third to account for the final
The Habs and Canucks split two meetings last year. Overall, Vancouver is 11-1
with a tie in its last 13 meetings with the Canadiens.
10/08 02:46:29 ET