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Canucks Win First Home Game Of The Season (Video)

Canucks Win First Home Game Of The Season (Video)

via Canadiens de Montréal

The Habs coming into Tuesday night’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks were hoping to make a little history, but were denied by a desperate Canucks team.

The Habs entered the game 8-0-0, but left Rogers Aarena Tuesday night with their first loss of the season falling 5-1 to the Canucks.

The game was the Canucks last home game as part of their 5 game home stand, and they were able to finally secure their first win at home this season.

“It’s a huge measuring stick against probably the beat team in the League right now,” Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows said. “We really wanted that first win at home probably more than they wanted that 10-game winning streak.”

Jared McCann, the 19-year-old rookie, opened the scoring at 2:30 into the game after Prust handcuffed his old goalie with a high shot from the faceoff circle. Price appeared to make a windmill save, but the puck came out of his glove, bounced off his shoulder and rolled down his back, leaving a charging McCann with an open net for his third goal.

The Canucks added to their lead at the 9:12 mark shortly after with Ryan Miller pulled for an extra attacker during a delayed penalty. Luca Sbisa’s one-timer from the point was tipped in the slot by Montreal defensemen Nathan Beaulieu and bounced up and over a helpless Price and into the net.

With the Canucks up 2-0, the Canadiens had a few great chances but Miller stood tall, and it paid off before the period ended.

McCann made it 3-0 with 4:08 left in the period, sliding into the slot for a return pass from Prust and snapping a quick shot past Price’s outstretched glove. The goal was McCann’s fourth goal of the season, and place him as the current leading scorer for the squad.

The game remained 3-0 after the second period, but the Hab’s were finally able to get on the scoreboard in the third period.

Torrey Mitchell scored on a deflection 2:54 into the third period for the Canadiens to make it 3-1, bringing back memories of the Canucks who have had their fair share of trouble protecting leads this year.

Luckily for them, they capitalized on the Canadiens mistakes shortly after when Radim Vrbata scored a power play goal off a nice pass from Daniel Sedin at the 7:50 mark of the third period.

To round off the scoring, Derek Dorsett had a nice little rush up the ice halfway through the period and beat Price to make it 5-1.

The Canucks passed a very hard test in beating the NHL’s best team, and can hope to use this game as a good springboard as they start a 2 game road trip.

Next up: The Canucks face the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Puck drop is at 5:30

 

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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