Pacioretty, Canadiens down Canucks

Pacioretty, Canadiens down Canucks

Max Pacioretty started the scoring early in the first  period as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 at Rogers Arena.

Lars Eller tallied his fifth goal of the season, while Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges  also lit the lamp for the Canadiens. Carey Price turned aside 39 shots for Montreal’s second straight victory on the road.

Henrik  Sedin scored  Vancouver’s lone goal as Roberto Luongo stopped 34-of-38 shots in the Canucks’ second consecutive home loss.

Pacioretty  fired  a shot  that trickled  through the  five-hole of Luongo for his second goal of the season just under six minutes into the first.

Henrik  Sedin tied the game with 6:48 left in the second. Jason Garrison fired a  shot from the point off Price. Daniel Sedin corralled the puck and dished a backhand  pass  to his brother  Henrik in the middle,  who tapped in his first goal of the season.

Montreal  went  ahead three minutes later  after Vancouver scored in their own net.  Dan Hamhuis misplayed the puck behind the net that went on to bounce off both  of  Luongo’s skates  and into  the net. Eller,  the only Montreal player close to the net, was credited with a shorthanded goal.

Plekanec added another goal on the power play in the third. P.K. Subban’s shot deflected  off  a body in  front and  right to the  stick of Andrei Markov who passed  across the goalmouth to Plekanec, who was there to put the puck in the net.

Gorges  fired  a wrister from  the point  through a maze  of players to beat a screened Luongo with close to eight minutes left in the third.