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Tyler Toffoli continues scoring spree as Habs rout Canucks

Tyler Toffoli had his second multipoint game in two nights, collecting two goals and an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens past the host Vancouver Canucks 7-3 on Thursday.

Toffoli became the third player in NHL history to score each of his first five regular-season goals for a new franchise against one of his former teams. He logged his fourth career hat trick Wednesday in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Canucks.

Joel Armia added two goals and two assists for the Canadiens, while Josh Anderson, Jake Evans and Ben Chiarot each had a single goal. Canadiens goalie Jake Allen recorded 14 saves in the win.

Bo Horvat scored twice for the Canucks, Brandon Sutter had a goal and Tyler Myers notched two assists. Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko stopped 35 shots.

Toffoli kicked off the Canadiens’ scoring at the 1:54 mark of the first period. He banged in the puck on a goalmouth scramble, but Horvat got the tying goal just 1:26 later, tipping in a Myers shot from the boards.

The Canadiens, who allowed the Canucks to go 3-for-6 on the power play Wednesday, started getting into penalty trouble again Thursday. With Jonathan Drouin in the box for hooking, Canucks defender Nate Schmidt fumbled the puck in Vancouver’s defensive zone. Toffoli dished it up to Armia, who made no mistake on Demko for a short-handed goal.

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