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Sedin twins too much for reeling Canadiens

Feb 16, 2009 - 7:23 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens struggles persisted when Jaroslav Halak was seeing double.

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin each scored a goal and set up another as the Vancouver Canucks posted a 4-2 victory over the reeling Canadiens on Sunday.

Ryan Kesler and defenseman Alex Edler each tallied and Alexandre Burrows notched two assists for Vancouver, which has won five of six following a season-high eight-game losing streak.

"I thought we were real solid tonight at both ends of the rink," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We didn't give up a lot of chances except maybe in the last seven or eight minutes, where obviously they picked it up.

"But in the first almost 15 minutes there, they only had the handful of chances and we really dominated that game in all areas. It was a good team win."

All-Star Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his 10th start in 11 contests since returning from a groin injury that kept him out for nearly seven weeks.

"It feels real good," Luongo said. "We played a solid 60 minutes. That's the type of hockey we want to be playing. We got two goals right away in the first, set a good tempo for the rest of the match."

Captain Saku Koivu and Andrei Kostitsyn netted goals for the Canadiens, who have dropped five of their last six contests.

"It's obviously a lot different to play when you have the lead than when you're chasing from behind, especially when our confidence is not where it could be and obviously where it should be," Koivu said. "Like tonight, Vancouver played a really smart game. They didn't give us any odd-man rushes.

"They played a patient, defensive-minded game. We made a few mistakes, gave a couple of too many 2-on-1 and 3-on-2 (rushes) and that was the difference tonight."

Montreal ended a seven-game losing streak on the road and got its first win on the current six-game road trip with Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. However, Halak and the Canadiens fizzled in this one and sparked frustrations once again.

"We were trying everything," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We're trying to find solutions. Obviously there's nowhere to hide if your best players are not your best players most of the nights. We need not just them but we need everybody to push hard.

"We just can't find that spark that gets us going. Every time we make a mistake, whether it's a big mistake or small mistake, the puck ends up in our net."

Starting for the second straight game in place of All-Star Carey Price, Halak was exposed early in the first, when Daniel Sedin and Edler tallied in a 48-second span midway through the session.

But Koivu fired a wrist shot from below the right faceoff circle to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 1:46 remaining in the session.

"It's definitely not easy when you get behind," Canadiens All-Star Alexei Kovalev said. "In the past it seems to be we're actually better when we fall behind, but right now we have such a hard time getting back into the game when we're one or two goals down. Again, nothing we can do. We just have to keep playing and keep working on our game."

Henrik Sedin registered his 11th goal of the season with 49 seconds left in the second, wristing the puck past Halak from the low slot.

"The way we're playing right now, as fragile as we are, it was a bad timing for a goal," Carbonneau said.

The Canucks ballooned their advantage to 4-1 at 5:54 of the third, when Kesler took a pass from Mats Sundin and unleashed a wrister into the vacant net from the slot.

"That's what we will need down the stretch," Burrows said. "One of the biggest reasons why is we're skating, we're moving our feet, we're not reacting off what they're doing. We're getting in there first and if we do that we'll get the power plays and that's what we need."

Kostitsyn beat Luongo to notch his 100th career point with 2:27 remaining.

Halak finished with 29 saves but was relieved after playing 50 minutes, 51 seconds for Price, who turned aside one shot.

"I'm really disappointed," Carbonneau said. "We talked about a lot before the trip that we needed to get away from distractions. We've been on the road for a week now without distractions and we're not playing better."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 0 1 2
    VANCOUVER 2 1 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - DANIEL SEDIN 24 (HENRIK SEDIN, ALEXANDRE BURROWS)
    10:28
    VAN - ALEXANDER EDLER 6 (MATTIAS OHLUND, JANNIK HANSEN)
    11:16
    MON - SAKU KOIVU 10 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    18:14
    2ND PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN

    Feb 16 12:30 AM


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    MONTREAL 2
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: MON - ANDREI KOSTITSYN 20 (FRANCIS BOUILLON, CHRIS HIGGINS)
    17:33

    Canadiens 2, Canucks 4  3rd - 2:27Feb 16 12:25 AM


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    MONTREAL 1
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 16 (MATS SUNDIN, PAVOL DEMITRA) 5:54

    Canadiens 1, Canucks 4  3rd - 14:06Feb 16 12:02 AM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 1 0 1
    VANCOUVER 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - DANIEL SEDIN 24 (HENRIK SEDIN, ALEXANDRE BURROWS)
    10:28
    VAN - ALEXANDER EDLER 6 (MATTIAS OHLUND, JANNIK HANSEN)
    11:16
    MON - SAKU KOIVU 10 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    18:14
    2ND PRD: VAN -

    Feb 15 11:38 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    VANCOUVER 3
    2ND PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 11 (DANIEL SEDIN, ALEXANDRE BURROWS) 19:11

    Canadiens 1, Canucks 3  2nd - 0:49Feb 15 11:36 PM


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    Montreal
    1 --1
    Vancouver 2 --2
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    Shots on goal:
    -----------------------------
    Montreal 7 --7
    Vancouver 14 --14
    -----------------------------

    Goalies : Montreal, Jaroslav Halak (14 shots, 12 saves). Vancouver,
    Roberto Luongo (7 shots, 6 saves). Referees: Brad Meier, Mike Leggo.
    Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Vaughan

    Feb 15 10:43 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    VANCOUVER 2
    1ST PRD: MON - SAKU KOIVU 10 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    18:14

    Canadiens 1, Canucks 2  1st - 1:46Feb 15 10:40 PM
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    MONTREAL 0
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    1ST PRD: VAN - ALEXANDER EDLER 6 (MATTIAS OHLUND, JANNIK HANSEN) 11:16

    Canadiens 0, Canucks 2  1st - 8:44Feb 15 10:26 PM


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    MONTREAL 0
    VANCOUVER 1
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