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MTL@VAN: Postgame

The Canadiens opened their Western Canada road trip on a high note in British Columbia

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

VANCOUVER - The Canadiens earned a hard-fought 3-1 win over the Canucks on Tuesday night.

Claude Julien's squad couldn't have asked for a warmer welcome at Rogers Arena to open their four-game road trip through Western Canada.

As expected, Habs fans turned out in droves to support the boys in the Lower Mainland.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Regardez tous ces partisans des Canadiens! 🤩Look at all these Habs fans!#GoHabsGo

Jordan Weal and Max Domi were among the players to hand out some souvenirs during the pregame warmup and make some memories for youngsters in the process.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: �� suivre...To be continued...#GoHabsGo

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 💔#GoHabsGo

There were no goals to report in the first period until Canucks centerman Adam Gaudette scored a power play marker with 1:39 left before the break.

Tomas Tatar was in the penalty box when Gaudette blasted a perfectly placed wrist shot past goaltender Carey Price to put Vancouver up 1-0.

That's the way things stood through 20 minutes of play with the Canucks outshooting the Canadiens 14-10.

Nick Cousins evened things up at the 8:05 mark of the second period, capping a beautiful feed from his good buddy Domi with his fifth goal of the season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Quel jeu de Max. 🤯What a play by @max_domi.#GoHabsGo

Cousins beat goaltender Jacob Markstrom to the delight of the many, many CH supporters in attendance.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Tellement plaisant de jouer 42 matchs �� domicile chaque ann��e. 🙃So cool to play 42 home games a year.#GoHabsGo

Joel Armia collected the secondary helper to register the 100th point of his NHL career.

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Shortly thereafter, the Canucks thought they'd retaken the lead when Gaudette lit the lamp behind Price for a second time.

The Canadiens challenged the call, claiming the play was offside. It was, and the goal was waived off.

Then, it was the Habs' turn to have a goal called back.

The Canucks challenged a tally by Armia for goaltender interference and were deemed to be correct, so the score remained 1-1.

Price was outstanding during the middle frame with 15 saves to keep things even after 40 minutes.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: C���est l�����galit�� apr��s 40 minutes. All tied up after 2.#GoHabsGo

The Canadiens didn't waste any time taking the lead in the third period.

Tatar scored a power play goal just 1:15 into the frame to give Montreal a 2-1 advantage.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: De l'Atlantique au Pacifique, on adore Tuna. 🐟Atlantic or Pacific, we love Tuna.#GoHabsGo

That extended the Slovak sniper's goal streak to four consecutive games.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 👏👏👏#GoHabsGo

Captain Shea Weber added another power play goal just 1:34 later to put the Canadiens up by a pair.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: W E B E R!!!MTL 3, VAN 1#GoHabsGo

Weber's point streak reached four games in the process.

That's the way things finished up.

The Canadiens will be back in action on Thursday night against the Flames in Calgary.

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