Mar 11, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT
It’s too late for Andrei Markov to help the Montreal Canadiens make the playoffs, but after nearly 16 months on the sidelines, he was finally able to contribute. Markov registered an assist on P.K. Subban’s power-play goal as the Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
This was also a special night for Blake Geoffrion, who came to Montreal from Nashville as part of the Hal Gill trade. Geoffrion netted his first goal in 28 games this season. Montreal’s Erik Cole scored twice to reached the 25-goal mark for the second straight season.
The game was tied at 1-1 going into the third period, but Montreal outshot Vancouver 18-11 in the final 20 minutes. Roberto Luongo ended up with 31 saves in the contest, but still suffered his second straight loss. Luongo has also allowed three or more goals in six of his last seven starts as the Canucks seem to be limping to the finish line.
Fortunately for Vancouver, they aren’t in any real danger of losing the Northwest Division title or even slipping lower than the second seed in the Western Conference. However, the Canucks’ recent struggles have been costly as they compete with the St. Louis Blues for the top position.
Vancouver will get a chance to regroup, as they are only scheduled to play one game over the next six days. Montreal will head to Buffalo for a game on Monday as they attempt to hurt the Sabres’ chances of making the playoffs.
- Subban: Contract in arbitrator’s hands now 18
- Flyers’ Mason broke his right pinky finger playing ball hockey 23
- Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame 64
- It’s back! PHT’s Team of the Day summer series starts tomorrow 9
- Pens sign Spaling — two years, $4.4 million 13
- Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D 32
- Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension 18
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 47
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 59
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame (64)
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ (59)
- Poll: Is Drew Doughty the best defenseman in the world? (58)
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million (47)