Montreal 4, Vancouver 1

Saturday, October 12, 2013 10:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Montreal 3-2-0-0 1-1-0-0 2-1-0-0 W2
Vancouver 3-3-0-0 2-2-0-0 1-1-0-0 L2

Recap


Canadiens 4, Canucks 1: Carey Price made 39 saves and a bizarre own goal served as the game-winner as visiting Montreal beat Vancouver for the fifth time in the last six meetings.

Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec scored on the power play, Josh Gorges tallied his first goal and fellow defenseman Raphael Diaz had two assists as the Canadiens won their second straight and handed the Canucks their second loss in a row. Lars Eller was credited with the game-winner on a spectacular flub by Vancouver while on the power play. 

Captain Henrik Sedin scored and Roberto Luongo turned aside 34 shots for the Canucks, who did not register a shot on goal for nearly the first 11 minutes of the final period and saw Plekanec and Gorges convert to break it open.

Pacioretty put the Canadiens on top during a power play 5:43 into the contest, accepting a pass in the slot and getting a shot to trickle past Luongo for the only goal of the period. Vancouver pulled even at the 13:12 mark of the middle session, when Daniel Sedin corralled a rebound on the doorstep and flicked a pass back to his twin brother, who buried the puck into an open net.

The deadlock stood for exactly three minutes until a bizarre mishap by the Canucks led to an own goal. Dan Hamhuis headed toward the back of the net to retrieve the puck from fellow defenseman Jason Harrison, but it nudged Harrison's skate and deflected toward the crease, hitting both of Luongo's skates before sliding across the goal line.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pacioretty's tally halted Vancouver's perfect 18-for-18 mark on the penalty kill to open the season. ... Canucks RW Zack Kassian made his season debut after serving a five-game suspension for high-sticking Edmonton's Sam Gagner in the preseason, but D Alex Edler served the first of his three-game ban for his hit to the head of San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl. ... The Canadiens were without captain Brian Gionta, who flew back to Montreal due to family reasons. 

Top Game Performances

Montreal   Vancouver
Raphael Diaz 2 Points Henrik Sedin 1
Lars Eller 1 Goals Henrik Sedin 1
Raphael Diaz 2 Assists Jason Garrison 1
Max Pacioretty 1 Power Play Goals N/A
Lars Eller 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .975 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .895
Carey Price 39 Saves Roberto Luongo 34

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 38 4 2-3 3-3 6 38
Vancouver 40 1 0-3 1-3 6 33

Upcoming Games

  • Vancouver will play its next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Canucks have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .333 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.