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National Hockey League
Montreal 4, Vancouver 1
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 10, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Dave Jackson, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Jay Sharrers, Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 18890

CANADIENS 4, CANUCKS 1: Erik Cole scored twice and defenseman Andrei Markov notched an assist in his first game in nearly 16 months as Montreal posted a rare victory in Vancouver.

Blake Geoffrion and defenseman P.K. Subban also tallied, Max Pacioretty added two assists and All-Star Carey Price made 32 saves for the Canadiens, who won for just the second time in 10 visits to Vancouver.

The Canucks took a 1-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the second period as Ryan Kesler beat Price from the inner edge of the right faceoff circle for his 21st goal.

It was all Montreal thereafter as Geoffrion began a run of four straight tallies late in the period with his first in six games with the Canadiens. Louis Leblanc got the puck along the right-wing boards and made a cross-slot pass to Geoffrion, who tapped it past Roberto Luongo from the doorstep.

Cole put Montreal ahead for good 13 seconds into the third when he beat Luongo with a backhander from the bottom of the right circle after his initial shot was blocked. Subban buried a one-timer from the top of the left circle during a 5-on-3 advantage just over five minutes later for a 3-1 lead.

Subban was set up by Markov, who made his first appearance since suffering a torn ACL against Carolina on Nov. 13, 2010.

Cole completed his first two-goal performance of the season by beating Luongo from the right circle during a 2-on-1 rush with just under nine minutes left.

Luongo stopped 31 shots for the Canucks, who fell to 2-3-0 on their seven-game homestand.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Vancouver has lost five of its last seven contests. ... The Canadiens have earned at least one point in each of their last five meetings with the Canucks (4-0-1). ... Subban has collected seven points in his last five games. ... Montreal improved to 2-1-0 on its four-game road trip.
Top Game Performances
Montreal   Vancouver
Erik Cole 2 Points Ryan Kesler 1
Erik Cole 2 Goals Ryan Kesler 1
Max Pacioretty 2 Assists David Booth 1
P.K Subban 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .970 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .886
Carey Price 32 Saves Roberto Luongo 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 35 4 1-3 2-2 17 29
Vancouver 33 1 0-2 2-3 27 28
Upcoming Games
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against Phoenix. The Canucks have a W/L % of .558 after a win and .692 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .407 after a win and .381 after a loss.