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Vrbata scores 2 goals, Coyotes bounce back from shaky second period to beat Canadiens 5-2

Thursday, 03.06.2014 / 11:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vrbata scores 2 goals, Coyotes bounce back from shaky second period to beat Canadiens 5-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Radim Vrbata scored two goals and the Phoenix Coyotes bounced back from a shaky second period to beat Montreal 5-2 Thursday night, their first win over the Canadiens since 1998.

The Coyotes wanted to jump on Montreal early after the Canadiens won a six-round shootout against the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks the night before and did just that, scoring three goals in the first period.

The Canadiens fought back, though, holding the Coyotes to one shot in the second period while setting up Alex Galchenyuk's goal on a two-man advantage.

Vrbata made it a two-goal lead in the third period and Keith Yandle scored less than 2 minutes later to put it out of reach, giving Phoenix its first winning streak since Jan. 16-18.

Andrei Markov had a goal and an assist, and P.K. Subban had a pair of assists for Montreal.

Quote of the Day

I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2