Bo Horvat scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 on Wednesday.
Horvat beat Carey Price with a sharp shot. Tyler Toffoli then saw his attempt fail when he reached the post.
> The summary of the meeting
After being perfect on 10 shorthanded occasions in his two previous outings against the Edmonton Oilers, the Canadian shot himself in the foot for his lack of discipline.
The Canucks were 3-for-6 on the power play, even though they were 0-for-15 after their first four games this season.
Toffoli, with his first three in his new uniform, Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, also with their first respective goals this season, hit the target for the Canadian (2-0-2).
Brock Boeser and Horvat each had two goals and an assist for the Canucks (2-3-0), who ended a three-game losing streak. Tyler Motte also hit the mark, while JT Miller had three assists and Quinn Hughes had two.
Price repelled 23 shots in goal for the Canadiens. At the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby made 31 saves.
Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler did not play in the third period due to an upper body injury.
The two teams will meet two more times in Vancouver this week, Thursday and Saturday.
The cat and the Mouse
A sign of things to come, Tomas Tatar was punished after just 18 seconds of play.
Rather, it was on their second power-play opportunity of the night that the Canucks took the lead, at 11:07. Horvat completed a great streak started by Hughes and Miller.
Price redeemed himself moments later, stopping Elias Pettersson’s shot with his shield. The flamboyant Swede had released his shot by slipping his stick between his legs.
The Canadian activated in the second period and Toffoli tied the game at 1:37, beating Holtby with a precise shot on the breakaway.
The Canucks responded at 4:25, however, when Motte surprised Price after a two-on-one descent.
The Canadiens stalled for a second time in the period 62 seconds later on the power play. Toffoli only had to deflect a perfect pass from Nick Suzuki into the goal.
Once again, the Canucks found themselves on the power play when Kotkaniemi was penalized for inappropriate comments about a referee. Boeser scored at 11:13 on a return throw.
The Canadian did not give up and found a way to bring everyone back to square one before the end of the second period. Gallagher scored with 1:35 left on the throw-off, deflecting a Tatar throw-in behind Holtby.
History repeated itself in the third period, as Horvat gave the Canucks the lead on the power play at 3:24. However, the Habs still found a way to respond.
Kotkaniemi finally redeemed his silly punishment by drawing the tie 4-4 at 10:14. His shot from the top of the slot appeared to deflect against Boeser’s stick before surprising Holtby.
Toffoli gave the Canadiens the lead for the first time in the game with 3:41 left, completing his hat trick by deflecting a Jeff Petry shot.
Boeser forced the presentation of a tiebreaker by beating Price 32 seconds later.
Horvat finally ruled in the shootout.