NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Vancouver
(Saturday, January 21st)
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Montreal 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin had a goal and two assists as the Vancouver Canucks rolled past the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at General Motors Place.
Mattias Ohlund added a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have now won four games in a row and seven of the last eight overall. Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Sedin each had two assists.
Alex Auld turned aside 24 shots in the victory.
Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu scored for the Canadiens, who have dropped their past two games and six straight on the road. Craig Rivet assisted on both goals.
Jose Theodore allowed five goals on 11 shots before being replaced by Cristobal Huet in the first period. Huet ended the game with 16 saves.
The Canucks had a huge opening 20 minutes of play, tying a franchise record for most goals in a period with six tallies.
"We talked about it before the game, to get a good start," said Henrik Sedin. "They didn't play their best and we got a couple good bounces in the beginning there. We kept it going for the first 20 minutes so it was good."
Brendan Morrison scored 57 seconds into the game on a wrist shot from the slot. Bertuzzi set up behind the net and flipped the puck out to Morrison, who beat Theodore through his five-hole.
The Canucks went up 2-0 when Alexandre Burrows scooped up a loose puck behind the net, came out in front and tucked the disc just inside the left post at the 1:51 mark.
Vancouver continued to dominate as Ohlund and Markus Naslund scored back-to- back power-play goals to extend the lead to 4-0.
At the 13:17 mark, Sedin tipped home a shot from his twin brother Daniel at the right side of the net, making it 5-0. That would chase Theodore from the net as Huet replaced him for the rest of the game.
Just thirty seconds later, Trevor Linden greeted Huet with a goal, slamming home a rebound in front for his fifth tally of the season and a 6-0 lead.
The Habs finally got on the board two minutes into the second stanza when Ryder poked in a rebound to make it 6-1.
With 1:14 left in the game, Koivu netted his 12th goal of the season.
"I'd like to see this as a one game embarrassment," said Koivu. "I think what this team needs is consistency. We have to realize what kind of a team we have. This team is not going to win 6-0, 7-0 games. They are going to be tight checking games. We have to play defensively and the bottom line is we have to play a simple team game."
The Canucks improved to 18-3-3 on home ice and will begin a seven-game road trip on Monday in St. Louis...Vancouver played its final game against the Eastern Conference and finished 9-1 this season...The Canucks went 2-for-7 on the power play while the Canadiens failed to score in four chances...Montreal dropped to 7-12-4 on the road...The Canucks are 8-0-1 (1 tie) in the last nine meetings with Montreal overall.
01/22 01:42:07 ET