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Perry gets 800th point, Canadiens end Canucks' four-game winning streak

Petry has two goals, assist to help Montreal to fourth victory in past five

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

Petry, Perry link up on rush

VAN@MTL: Perry earns 800th point on Petry's 2nd goal

Jeff Petry joins the rush and buries Corey Perry's centering pass, netting his second goal as Perry earns his 800th career point

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MONTREAL -- Corey Perry got his 800th NHL point on Jeff Petry's second goal of the game, and the Montreal Canadiens ended the Vancouver Canucks' four-game winning streak with a 6-2 win at Bell Centre on Monday.

Nick Suzuki and Artturi Lehkonen each had a goal and an assist, and Carey Price made 27 saves for the Canadiens (6-1-2).

"I don't think there's any way that we can't play," said Petry, who also had an assist. "We can play a fast game, we can play a physical game, depending on what the other team throws at us. But there's one thing that we always rely on is our speed and I think it's hard for teams to come out and set the pace early. I think it's hard for teams to keep up with us for the full 60 minutes."

Adam Gaudette and Jay Beagle scored for Vancouver (6-6-0), which outscored its opponents 20-4 during the winning streak. Braden Holtby made 34 saves.

"We have guys that can work, guys that can play within a system, and if we have some guys not doing it and some guys doing it, it's not going to work very well," Holtby said. "And we've seen that in passing, that goes for any team. Against a team that wants to go and wants to pressure, the simpler the better. And we know that. Now we've just got to go execute it."

The teams close the two-game set in Montreal on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, SNP, NHL.TV).

After Suzuki put the Canadiens up 1-0 at 1:00 of the first period, Lehkonen made it 2-0 with Montreal's sixth shorthanded goal at 6:10.

Video: VAN@MTL: Lehkonen nets SHG in 300th game

The Canadiens are the fifth team to score six or more shorthanded goals in the first nine games of a season. Montreal had six shorthanded goals in 71 games last season.

"We're a good skating team," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "We feel that playing a pressure game is what serves us best. So we've done that. And pressure is not just on the forecheck, it's also in the (defensive) zone. We like to kill plays quickly there so that's also the kind of things we've been talking about, we've been working on since the start of training camp."

The Philadelphia Flyers scored seven shorthanded goals through their first nine games in 1973-74, the only team to achieve that feat since the NHL began recording shorthanded goals as an official statistic in 1933-34.

Gaudette, who turned over the puck on Lehkonen's unassisted goal, drew Vancouver within 2-1 when he scored unassisted at 8:36.

Lehkonen set up Petry's first goal of the game for a 3-1 lead at 16:58.

Brendan Gallagher made it 4-1 at 7:15 of the second. He scored with a backhand shot on a breakaway after Suzuki stripped the puck off Canucks defenseman Jalen Chatfield.

"Turn over the puck against this team, you're going to lose," Vancouver coach Travis Green said. "You're soft in puck battles, you're going to lose. They're a quick team. They work hard, they're structured, they're deep. We'd already played them three times. And it's pretty simple tonight what happened."

Video: VAN@MTL: Gallagher pads lead with silky backhand

Perry set up Petry, whose second of the game at 8:40 put the Canadiens up 5-1.

"I saw an opportunity to jump in the play on a 2-on-1 and he pulled the goalie all the way to the other side and just kind slid it over, and all I had to do is let it hit my stick and it went in," Petry said.

It was Perry's third point in four games with Montreal since entering the lineup after forward Joel Armia sustained a concussion on a hit by Vancouver defenseman Tyler Myers on Jan. 21.

"He's got unbelievable hands in tight around that net area," Julien said. "He's one of the best at that and he showcased that tonight." 

Petry got his third point of the game when he set up Tyler Toffoli's team-leading seventh goal on a power-play at 17:11 for a 6-1 lead.

Beagle made it 6-2 at 11:49 of the third when he scored on a wrist shot from the slot.

NOTES: Josh Anderson had an assist on Suzuki's goal and played 15:28 after leaving the Canadiens' 2-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday because of flu-like symptoms.

Video: Petry, Perry spur Canadiens past Canucks, 6-2

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