Here’s what happened Saturday evening.
Nick Suzuki, who now has a point in each of the Habs’ six games, opened the scoring with a quick shot on a pass from Brett Kulak. The Canadiens’ depth continues to be factor as veteran Corey Perry came off the taxi squad and scored in his first game as a Canadien to give Montreal a 2-0 lead in the second period. After Vancouver rallied back into the game, a third-period goal by Brendan Gallagher survived a coach’s challenge to snap a 2-2 tie. Jonathan Drouin made a it 4-2 with his first goal of the season and Joel Edmundson scored into an empty net after Green pulled Braden Holtby with more than four minutes remaining. The win gave the Canadiens a 2-0-1 record against the Canucks and they finished their season-opening road trip with a 4-0-2 record
The 35-year-old Perry was called up from the taxi squad to replace the injured Joel Armia and he slipped seamlessly onto the line with Tyler Toffoli and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. “It was good to get in and get our feet wet,” Perry said after the game. “The first couple of shifts, I turned the puck over once, but once you get in the flow of the game it was good. I’ve played a few games in this league and it comes back quickly and I felt good. I played with some pretty good players tonight.”