NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Vancouver
(Tuesday, November 18th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Montreal 4 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mattias Ohlund took a pass from Todd Bertuzzi and scored his fourth goal of the season at 3:02 of overtime, as the Vancouver Canucks remained unbeaten on home ice this season with a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at General Motors Place.
Ed Jovanovski tallied two goals and an assist for Vancouver, which played its third consecutive overtime game and finally squeaked out a victory after falling at both Boston and Philadelphia in the extra session last week.
Sami Salo and Brendan Morrison also found the back of the net while Bertuzzi posted three assists in the victory. Vancouver goaltender Dan Cloutier allowed four goals on 23 shots.
Richard Zednik scored twice for the Canadiens, who are winless in their last seven trips to Vancouver (0-5-1-1). Andrei Markov and Michael Ryder completed the scoring in the loss while Saku Koivu registered three assists for the visitors.
With the contest tied at 4-4, Bertuzzi gained control of the puck and circled behind the net. At the left circle, he fed across to Ohlund, who beat Jose Theodore to lift Vancouver to victory.
Theodore posted 37 saves for Montreal.
Zednik scored a pair of goals in the first six minutes of the second period to stake the Canadiens to a two-goal lead.
On the first goal, Zednik corralled the puck in the high slot and fired home a wrister for his third tally of the campaign 56 seconds into the frame before he lit the lamp again at 5:51.
The Canucks cut their deficit in half with a power-play goal midway through the second. Salo took control at the right point, drifted toward the middle, and his slapshot, aided by a screen from Bertuzzi, found the back of the cage.
A great play by Salo to keep the puck in the zone allowed Morrison to eventually convert a rebound with 3:06 remaining in the second for a 2-2 tie. The power-play tally was Morrison's seventh goal of 2003-04.
Just 39 ticks into the third period, Markov gave Montreal a 3-2 edge.
Jovanovski used his speed to tie the contest at three apiece. He skated the length of the ice with the puck and, once he reached the slot, gave it to Jason King at the left circle. King then shot toward the net and Jovanovski, who never stopped skating, was in front to deflect the disc home at 7:03 of the third period.
A tripping penalty to Montreal's Francis Bouillon gave the Canucks the man advantage and Vancouver did not waste the opportunity. Jovanovski's one-timer from the right circle gave the Canucks their first lead with 7:56 left in the third frame.
However, Ryder poked home a rebound after four consecutive saves by Cloutier near the right post as the Canadiens tied the game 51 seconds later.
Vancouver, which wore its vintage jerseys from the 1972-73 season, is now 8-0-1 at home this season...The Canucks have downed the Habs in five straight at home...Montreal was dreadful on the penalty kill, as it allowed the Canucks to score three power-play goals on seven chances. The Canadiens went scoreless on three opportunities with the man advantage.
11/19 01:18:33 ET