Cody Hodgson netted the shootout winner as the Vancouver Canucks stormed back from a three-goal deficit to upend the host Montreal Canadiens 4-3 Thursday night.
Hodgson's first NHL shootout attempt was a sensational one, as he waited out Montreal netminder Carey Price before beating him up high. Roberto Luongo stopped all three Montreal shooters to preserve the victory as the Canucks opened a five-game road trip with their eighth win in the last nine games.
Vancouver erased a 3-1 third-period deficit with goals from Hodgson and defenseman Sami Salo, then fought off several Montreal challenges in the closing minutes to force extra time. Captain Henrik Sedin had the best chance in overtime, but Price kicked out his shot from in close with the right pad.
Frederic St. Denis' first NHL goal gave Montreal an early lead. The 25-year-old blue-liner wristed a shot that beat Luongo, who was bumped by Montreal captain Brian Gionta in his crease.
The Canadiens made it 2-0 with 1:09 remaining in the period, as Raphael Diaz fired a shot from the left point that eluded a partially screened Luongo up high.
Erik Cole padded the lead early in the second before the Canucks responded with a shorthanded goal midway through the frame. Jannik Hansen fed Mason Raymond, who toe-dragged to lose the Montreal defender before snapping a wrist shot that beat Price low on the glove side.