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MTL@VAN: About Tuesday night...

Goaltender Carey Price was outstanding in British Columbia, and so was the power play in a big win over the Canucks

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

VANCOUVER - Here are a few key storylines from Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over the Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Coming up clutch on the PP

It goes without saying that the Canadiens have goaltender Carey Price to thank for coming away with two points in the Lower Mainland, but the power play wasn't too shabby either.

Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber struck with the man advantage early in the third period to put Claude Julien's contingent ahead for good.

And the markers came just 94 seconds apart, too, snapping a 1-1 stalemate.

"It gave us a spark," said Tatar, regarding the Habs' power play success. "Both units played well."

The Slovak sniper, whose 13th goal of the season proved to be the game-winner, extended his scoring streak to four straight games.

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It was only fitting that Tatar found the back of the net on Tuesday night. 

That was his seventh goal in nine career regular-season games in the Canucks' home rink.

"I actually didn't know that," joked Tatar. "It always feels good to play here, but I honestly didn't know that."

As for Weber, his 11th goal of the season extended his current point streak to four games.

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Getting the party started

Before Tatar and Weber scored on Canucks starter Jacob Markstrom, it was Nick Cousins who got the Canadiens' scoring mojo going in the second period.

His good buddy Max Domi was the man responsible for setting him up, making a perfect pass on the play.

"It seems like Domes has been making me look good the last couple of games, so it was a sweet play by him," said Cousins, after netting his fifth goal of the 2019-20 campaign. "I was lucky enough to finish it and get the boys on the board."

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For his part, Domi appreciated Cousins' move to put the puck home.

"That finish on a goalie like Markstrom is pretty elite," praised Domi. "It was a great goal by him."

In Cousins' eyes, however, the power play deserves the real credit for clicking on both opportunities in quick succession.

"That's huge. That's the difference in the game. It's an undercover part of the game that doesn't get talked about that much. Those were big goals in the third," mentioned Cousins. "We were just kind of waiting to get our first power play. You've got to make the most of them when you do, and we did."

Domi is definitely in agreement there.

"That's a gutsy, character win on the road. We had some opportunities on the power play, and our PK was great, and we capitalized on our power play," said Domi. "We grinded it out, and it's a great way to start a road trip."


Price was Price 

With his parents Jerry and Lynda in the stands, Price was simply brilliant in between the pipes.

He made 38 saves en route to his 14th victory of the season.

"It's fun to play here," said Price, following the final buzzer. "You've got a lot of people coming from up north to come down and watch the game, and it's always special to play in front of family."

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The 32-year-old Anahim Lake, BC native wholeheartedly appreciated the way his teammates played in front of him to begin the Western Canada road swing.

"We played really well on both sides of the puck," affirmed Price. "I thought we played a very consistent 60 minutes."

And seeing Weber light the lamp again was fun for him, too.

"He's definitely finding those zones over there," said Price. "The puck seems to be finding him and he's making the most of his chances."

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