Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli made sure to give captain Shea Weber a win for his 1000e game in the NHL.
Anderson and Toffoli each scored two goals and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Tuesday night at the Bell Center.
Weber became the 349e player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 game plateau. The Canadian broadcast some tributes from his teammates, former and current, during stoppages in the first half of the game. He will receive a silver stick and a web before the next team game.
As for the game, the Canadian continued to repeat the same routine against the Canucks. He is now 4-0-1 against rivals British Columbia this season and has scored 28 goals in five games against them.
Anderson now has six goals in 10 games this season. For his part, Toffoli has scored eight of his nine campaign goals against the Canucks.
Jeff Petry scored in an empty net on an assist from Toffoli, Nick Suzuki had two assists and Jake Allen stopped 36 shots in net for the Canadiens (7-1-2), who beat the Canucks 6-2 on Monday .
Antoine Roussel, Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson generated the Canucks’ offense (6-7-0), who will be happy not to face the Canadian again before March 8. Quinn Hughes had two assists and Thatcher Demko made 28 saves.
Defender Brett Kulak was back in training for the Habs, after giving way to Victor Mete on Monday. This time, it was Alexander Romanov who was excluded from the training.
The Canadiens play their next game on Thursday, when they host the Ottawa Senators.
The story repeats itself
The Canucks played more confidently than the day before early in the game, but their efforts didn’t necessarily end with more scoring chances.
Shortly after the Habs were unable to enjoy 48 seconds of five-on-three play, Anderson opened the scoring at 13:53 of the first period. He took advantage of a free puck at the mouth of the net to move the ropes.
Anderson returned to charge 3:07 later, deflecting a shot from Kulak.
Roussel had a good chance to reply before the end of the first period, but his shot hit the crossbar.
The French striker redeemed himself after 4:20 of play in the second half. Roussel took advantage of a return to shoot in an open net.
Toffoli took control of the game thereafter. After running up against Demko halfway in the second period, he scored two goals before the end of the period.
He first hit the mark by deflecting a shot from Joel Edmundson at 12:29 pm Toffoli then scored at 3:47 pm after making a skillful feint in front of Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn.
Despite the score, the Canucks did not give up in the third period and put in a good effort.
Pettersson beat Allen with a sharp and precise wrist shot after 53 seconds of play on the power play.
Pearson made it interesting by scoring with 42 seconds left, after the Canucks replaced Demko with an additional forward.
Toffoli generously passed to Petry to allow him to score in an empty net with 5.1 seconds left.