The indiscipline of the Canadian, Tyler Toffoli and Bo Horvat were again at the heart of the history of the match on Thursday, but the Montreal team made sure to experience a better outcome.
Josh Anderson and Jake Evans scored in a nine-second gap late in the second period and the Canadiens drove to a 7-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
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The Canucks were 3-for-6 on the power play in a 6-5 shootout win over the Habs on Wednesday. This time, the Canadian fared better, allowing only one goal on five occasions and he even offered two shorthanded goals.
After pulling off a hat trick against his former team the day before, Toffoli had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens (3-0-2), while Joel Armia had two goals and two assists. Brendan Gallagher also scored late in the game.
On his second start with the Canadiens, Jake Allen made 14 saves.
Horvat had two goals in a second straight game for the Canucks (2-4-0). Brandon Sutter also scored and Thatcher Demko stopped 35 shots.
Already without defensemen Alexander Edler and Travis Hamonic, the Canucks lost the services of rookie Jalen Chatfield in the first period.
For the Canadiens, forward Paul Byron retired to the locker room during the third period after being hit in a foot or a leg by a throw from his teammate Shea Weber.
Armia was also struck at the end of the meeting by Tyler Myers. The Canucks defenseman received a major penalty for checking to the head on the streak.
The Canadiens will conclude their six-game trip to start the season with another duel against the Canucks on Saturday.
Happier conclusion for CH
Toffoli got the ball rolling quickly, hitting the target after 1:54 of play after a fine forward check from Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
Horvat responded quickly, at 3:20, when a shot from Myers deflected at him before ending up behind Allen.
Jonathan Drouin received the first penalty of the game, but it was the Canadian who took advantage. Toffoli intercepted a failed pass from Nate Schmidt and then joined Armia. Alone in front of the keeper, Armia scored with a sharp shot from the mittenside at 5:27.
Once again, Horvat returned to the charge at 7:13 am, taking a penalty against Brett Kulak. He completed a great passing game started by Quinn Hughes and JT Miller.
Joel Edmundson was punished at the end of the first twenty for knocking down a rival. It was again the Canadian who took advantage as Toffoli moved the strings at 1:13 of the second period, following a breakaway.
Both teams continued to accumulate penalties in the second period, but did not take advantage of it. The Canadian finally exploded with three goals in 94 seconds late in the opening.
Anderson scored at 14:56 hitting a puck on the fly after Demko’s save against Nick Suzuki on a breakaway. Evans hit home nine seconds later, thanks to a cross pass from Byron. Armia added her second goal of the game at 4:30 pm, defeating Demko from the backhand.
With all that, the Canadian had an 18-3 advantage in shots on goal in the second period.
Sutter scored the Canucks’ third goal at 4:56 of the final period. He backhanded Allen after mocking defender Alexander Romanov.
Gallagher then completed the mark with 65 seconds left, during Myers’ major penalty.