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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Montreal

(Tuesday, November 25th)

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Montreal 2

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over Montreal at the Bell Centre. Todd Bertuzzi contributed a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who snapped a two-game skid.

Brendan Morrison assisted on a pair of goals for Vancouver, which is unbeaten against the Canadiens in the last eight meetings (7-0-1). Dan Cloutier made 25 saves for the win.

Jason King and Mike Keane also scored in the victory.

Niklas Sundstrom and Richard Zednik scored for Montreal, which has lost three of its last four games (1-2-0-1). Jose Theodore made 35 saves in the losing effort.

With the scored tied at 1-1, Vancouver scored three unanswered goals to take control of the contest. Naslund's backhander beat Theodore to the short side at 14:57 of the second period to give the Canucks the lead for good.

Bertuzzi fired a low shot that beat Theodore along the ice to increase the Vancouver lead to 3-1 early in the third period.

King deflected Daniel Sedin's shot into the Montreal net 6:50 into the final stanza to give the Canucks a 4-1 lead.

Sundstrom notched his first goal in 28 games dating back to last season at 12:43 of the third to cut the Vancouver lead to 4-2, but Naslund's second goal of the contest less than a minute later provided the final margin.

Keane scored his first goal of the season, beating Theodore between the pads off a backhand pass from Brad May to give Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 6:46 of the opening period.

Montreal tied the game just minutes later on Zednik's goal. The Canadiens took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone and Zednik beat Cloutier with a shot from near the top of the right circle after his first attempt was blocked.

Game Notes

The Canucks are 2-0-1 in their last three games in Montreal...Cloutier posted his 99th career victory...Vancouver finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Habs failed in three opportunities with the extra skater...Ryan Kesler assisted on Keane's goal for his first career point.

11/25 22:36:29 ET

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