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Canucks 4, Canadiens 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Canadiens 3, SO
Vancouver Canucks 4, Montréal Canadiens 3
Three Stars of the Game
Cody Hodgson
1st
Cody Hodgson
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 10:40
Erik Cole
2nd
Erik Cole
LW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:41
Frédéric St-Denis
3rd
Frédéric St-Denis
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 11:35

MONTREAL (AP) - Roberto Luongo wanted a shot at redemption. The Vancouver Canucks set the stage with a big comeback, and their All-Star goalie delivered the finishing touch.

Cody Hodgson scored twice, including the only shootout goal, and Vancouver overcame a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Luongo, who stopped 20 shots, turned aside David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Michael Cammalleri in the tiebreaker as the Canucks won their third in a row to begin a five-game trip. Vancouver, which trailed 3-0 in the second, has won eight of nine.

"After the third goal I just wanted to shut the door, and hopefully the boys would bail me out, and they did," Luongo said.

Sami Salo drew Vancouver even at 3 with a power-play goal with 4:40 left in the third. Salo drove a slap shot from the point past Price as Montreal's penalty killers allowed their first goal on home ice since Oct. 24.

Mason Raymond scored a short-handed goal in the second to begin the Canucks' comeback.

"That kind of got us going," Luongo said. "We've been a really good third-period team all year long and we knew that we could come back in the game. We got a huge goal early in the third, and it really gave us the momentum."

It was Raymond's first goal in three games since returning from a vertebrae compression fracture sustained in the Stanley Cup finals.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Raymond said. "I'm continuing to get better, unfortunately it takes games and more games to get really where you want to feel, but I'm very pleased with where I'm at considering where I was."

Hodgson, who deked before shooting over Carey Price on Vancouver's first shootout attempt, scored during 4-on-4 play 4:24 into the third to draw Vancouver within 3-2.

Price made 28 saves, and Raphael Diaz also scored for Montreal, which has lost six of seven (1-3-3).

"At least we're picking up points, but singles aren't helping us right now," said Price, 1-5 in shootouts this season.

The Canucks were without David Booth, who sprained his right MCL on a knee-on-knee hit with Colorado's Kevin Porter in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Avalanche. Porter received a four-game suspension from the NHL earlier in the day. Booth is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Raymond got Vancouver back in the game with Montreal on the power play. He toe-dragged the puck before snapping a shot past Price to draw the Canucks to 3-1.

The Canadiens have allowed five short-handed goals.

Hodgson made it 3-2 with an unassisted effort for his sixth goal.

"It's disappointing but when you look at it, it's simple - special teams," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. "They scored short-handed, 4-on-4, and on the power play. I think 5-on-5 we played well. It wasn't a lack of effort. It was one of the best teams in the league and we competed with them, but special teams made the difference."

Frederic St. Denis got his first goal in eight games with the Canadiens to open the scoring 4:38 in. His wrist shot from the point got past Luongo, who complained to no avail to the referee after Montreal's Tomas Plekanec jostled for position with defenseman Kevin Bieksa in front of the net.

Diaz made it 2-0 with 1:09 to go in the first on another shot from the point that found its way past Luongo through traffic in front.

Cole, who got an assist on Diaz's goal, beat Luongo through the pads with a low shot from the right side 2:20 into the second to make it 3-0.

NOTES: Raymond's goal was the Cancuks' first short-handed tally of the season. ... Canadiens D Yannick Weber sat out in favor of St. Denis, who has alternated in and out of the lineup for eight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:38
MTL
Frédéric St-Denis (1) ASST: Mike Cammalleri (9), Tomas Plekanec (18)
1 - 0 MTL
18:51
MTL
Raphael Diaz (2) ASST: Max Pacioretty (10), Erik Cole (9)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
02:20
MTL
Erik Cole (9) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 MTL
08:37
VAN
SHG - Mason Raymond (1) ASST: Jannik Hansen (6)
3 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
04:24
VAN
Cody Hodgson (6) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 MTL
15:20
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (6) ASST: Henrik Sedin (23), Ryan Kesler (13)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDMTLVAN
1D. DesharnaisC. Hodgson
2M. PaciorettyR. Kesler
3M. Cammalleri
penalty summary
1st Period
09:37
VAN
Mason Raymond  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:57
MTL
P.K. Subban  Interference against  Daniel Sedin
13:32
MTL
Josh Gorges  Cross checking against  Ryan Kesler
2nd Period
07:05
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Brian Gionta
12:48
VAN
Dale Weise  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
3rd Period
03:53
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Holding the stick against  Jannik Hansen
04:11
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Carey Price
14:40
MTL
Lars Eller  Cross checking against  Alexandre Burrows
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
10-6-1
SA: 23TOI: 64:09
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Carey Price
SA: 31TOI: 64:58
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 2