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The Goods: Comeback Canucks

Thursday, 08.12.2011 / 11:30 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Comeback Canucks
VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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MONTREAL CANADIENS
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Zut alors to incroyable.

A four-goal comeback from the Vancouver Canucks, who were 0-9-1 when trailing by multiple goals in a game this season, in a 4-3 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens has a five-game eastern road trip off on the right foot.

Trailing 3-0 and looking for answers midway through the second period, the Canucks got goals from Mason Raymond, Cody Hodgson and Sami Salo in the second and third to stun the Montreal faithful and open the door to steal at least a single point.

Hodgson made it two points as he was the only shooter to find the back of the net in the shootout, in his first NHL shootout attempt, and Roberto Luongo stopped all three Canadiens shooters and had 20 saves overall in the win.

It was grimy, it was gritty and it was great.

“That was huge for us, it was a great team effort, Lu shut the door there after the first couple and we got some big goals, so it was great to be a part of,” said Hodgson, who
has points in two straight games, three out of the last four and 15 (6-9-15) this season to sit tied for sixth in team scoring.

On the shootout winner, Hodgson went in with a head of steam on Carey Price before a slight deke to his backhand and some hesitation cleared enough open net for him to
rifle a shot underneath the crossbar.

The Canucks forward shot it so hard Price struggled to retrieve the puck from the netting.

“Everyone knows Price is a great goalie, I just tried to take what he gave me and it’s tough, but I just saw the top corner and I just tried to put it there.”

Hodgson made it look easy, just as Vancouver made this comeback look.

The Canucks were down 1-0 just 4:38 after puck drop and despite a lengthy 5-on-3 power play in the first period that produced eight shots, the Canadiens held the lead and doubled it late in the frame.

Vancouver came out firing in the second and it led to another Montreal score and a 3-0 advantage.

Game, set, match – or so it looked.

The Canucks had lost three straight games to the Canadiens coming in and three consecutive at the Bell Centre so a four-goal retort in Vancouver’s eighth win in its last 10
games was unexpected to say the least.

Raymond got the ball rolling with a beautiful shorthanded goal that opened the scoring for the Canucks at the 8:37 mark of the second period.

“It’s nice to contribute and help the team, Jannik made a good pass and I was able to put that one away, but everybody stepped up, we pushed back hard and Lu made some
big saves,” said Raymond, who broke down Vancouver’s Jekyll & Hyde performance.

“They were pinching hard on us and making us work those pucks in the corners and we weren’t coming back to support good enough. But we pushed back well, we started
doing the same thing they were doing to us and we got some big goals and some big saves by Lu.”

The third Montreal goal, a five-hole score from Erik Cole, had doubters calling for Luongo to be pulled. His 0-3-0 record in his last three trips to the Bell Centre and 3-6-2-2
record all-time in Montreal supported a move to Cory Schneider, but Luongo rebounded like only he can.

In his first win in Montreal since January of 2007, Luongo had 20 saves, including 12 over the final half of the game and overtime.

Vancouver now travels to Ottawa to face the Senators Saturday.

GAME RECAP IN TERRIBLE FRENCH
Les Canucks scored quatre buts et comeback pour gagne le jeux 4-3 en un shootout. Merveilleux!
Tweet of the night - “@canucksgame if the #Canucks come back and Sweatt scores the winner today, I'll buy a Sweatt
jersey." -@edlau, who had his wallet out and started to sweatt late in the game.
5-on-3 troubles - The Canucks played out their ninth 5-on-3 power play on this night, it was unsuccessful and
moved them to 2-for-9 on the year. Vancouver was 1-for-9 last season.
Sweatt's debut - Billy Sweatt would have loved to score the game-winner like his brother Lee did in his
NHL debut, but his first goal will have to wait. Sweatt had two shots and a hit in 6:18 of ice time.
Quebec-born Canucks - This was a homecoming game for Roberto Luongo, Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre, all born and
raised Quebecers. Luongo came back to play hero, but Burrows and Lapierre combined for a minus-2 rating with no points.