Canucks rebound from loss to beat Canadiens 5-2, improve to 11-3-1
MONTREAL (AP) — Conor Garland, Dakota Joshua and Brock Boeser each had a goal and an assist and the Vancouver Canucks rebounded from a loss the night before to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Sunday.
Ilya Mikheyev and Phillip Di Giuseppe also scored and Casey DeSmith made 30 saves to help Vancouver — a 5-2 loser in Toronto on Saturday night — improve to 11-3-1.
“I liked the response,” Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said. “I thought it was a really good game, a 200-foot game by everybody.”
Vancouver acquired DeSmith from Vancouver in September.
“Good teams come out after a loss and play well, and I thought we did that tonight,” DeSmith said. “I thought we defended hard, and I think we’ve been doing that all year.
Filip Hronek had an assist to become the fourth Vancouver defenseman with a double-digit points streak. NHL points leader Elias Pettersson was held off the scoresheet to end his eight-game streak.
Mike Matheson and Arber Xhekaj scored for Montreal, a night after the Canadiens beat Boston 3-2 in overtime at home. Jake Allen made 31 saves.
After a slow first period, the Canucks poured it on in the second.
Garland opened the scoring at 6:15 of the second, tipping in a centering pass from J.T. Miller with his backhand.
Montreal’s Christian Dvorak appeared to answer under two minutes later with a wrist shot from the high slot that beat DeSmith. However, the play was ruled offside after a coach’s challenge.
Mikheyev added to the lead at 9:17 after walking into the Montreal zone and firing a shot past Allen, who lost his stick moments earlier.
Joshua made it 3-0 with two minutes left in the period. He scored off a rebound after multiple shots from Garland.
“It’s tough when you give up three in a period,” Allen said. “One goal is easier to come back from than three, it was definitely not as sharp as the last couple of nights.”
Canucks: Host New York Islanders on Wednesday night.
Canadiens: Host Calgary on Tuesday night.
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