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Vanek, Habs explode in third, ruin Roy’s return to Montreal

Mar 18, 2014, 10:23 PM EDT

Thomas Vanek managed just one assist in his first five games with the Montreal Canadiens, but he likely silenced any critics in a big way on Tuesday (and soiled Patrick Roy’s coaching debut in Montreal in the process).

Vanek generated his first goal and hat trick with the Habs as Montreal exploded with a 4-1 third period to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3 tonight. The 30-year-old scored the game-winner and the 5-3 insurance tally before an empty-netter gave Montreal three unanswered goals.

Here’s each clip from Vanek’s hat trick:

The Canadiens are now on a three-game winning streak, with Carey Price grabbing two of those victories. (That last part probably matters most to Montreal.)

If this is Jean-Sebastien Giguere‘s final game in Montreal, it didn’t finish very well, as he allowed five goals on 35 shots (and three on 12 in the final frame). The rest of Tuesday’s action will determine if this burns a little extra for Patrick Roy, as the Chicago Blackhawks are also in action.

  1. joey4id - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Vanek wasn’t the hardest working forward, but was at the right place at the right time. He looked like a guy who just wanted to get through the game without getting hurt. Word is that he’ll be signing with the Wild next year. Hope he plays a little harder during the playoffs for Montreal’s sake.

    • bsaures - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      You are so full of it did you even watch the game? Im guessing not. Vanek was battling all night and was rewarded for it.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        No. I was watching the scoreboard most of the game, and Mylene Paquette. Oh! I did also watch play when he wasn’t 10 feet from the net (which is the only time he battled), rest of the time he was avoiding the boards like it was the plague. You can call me out for having a different opinion, but you’ll never catch me BSing. You sir, can also have an opinion and it’s ok that differs from mine. Good day!

      • bsaures - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        You completely are bsing you just said i didnt watch the vast majority of the game but he definitly played like that. I watched the ENTIRE game and he battled along the boards, behind the net, in front all game. I can call you out for being a liar and and bsing

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        You idiot! I was at the game, and when the puck wasn’t in the offensive zone he was in no way battling. Look at how a player plays without the puck, and how he positions himself around it over 200 feet and you’ll get a very good assessment his complete game. He scored three freaken goalies…. any 6 year old would have given him the first star. Of course when you watch a game on TV you can’t see what all the players are doing because you only get what’s in the frame. If Vanek would play with intensity of a Gallagher he would be a freaken superstar. Now don’t reply to my comments unless you can add value with intelligent comments.

      • bsaures - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        He isnt paid to be elite defensively he is paid to put the puck in the net which he did 3 times! You are just trying to be a d**k and diminish what he did last night. He is doing EXACTLY what he was brought in to do. Battle in the offensive zone win the puck battles down low and in front of the net.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        What’s your problem? Firstly) You said exactly what I said about him. Secondly) Even Crosby is not paid to be an elite defensive player nor are many other high point producers Thirdly) everyone is expected to play d when their team doesn’t have the puck. This is not a new concept. Every skater is expected to be able to transition from d to o and o to d. WTF are you thinking hockey has been about for over 150 years. We’re not talking about football where the players are replaced based on who has possession of the ball. Wake up! A baseball player is expected to hit the ball and play defense even if he’s batting 8th. Do me a favor and don’t reply to my comments anymore.

      • bsaures - Mar 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        You are a idiot you first started complaining about him not working hard enough (eventhough he clearly outplayed several players for positioning on all three goals) then you criticize his defensive play even though he is not paid to be superior defensively and was just fine all game.

        You are just looking to bash a guy who had a great night. You bring up irrelevant facts to make it look like your not just being a jealous d**K. Do everyone a favor and go comment on Bleacher Report instead or better yet leave your mothers basement a go make a actual friend.

    • thomasvanek - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      lol. Word is he is signing with the Wild? This rumor has been around for 3 years so thanks for being the bearer of obvious news. Vanek played fine tonight and that is how he EARNED his hattrick.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        Not much credibility to the rumor then if it’s been floating for three years. Eh! He played well 10 feet from the net but the rest of the time he was floating. Look at him when he’s not in the TV frame and you’ll see he doesn’t work hard. He floats. But! With a handle like that I doubt you’ll be objective about any criticism towards TV.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Exactly my thought. joey4id would like everyone to believe she’s sitting in on GM meetings or something. I would say she’s an idiot, but she acts like most 13 year olds her age.

        Don’t feed the troll and eventually, hopefully joey4id will go away.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        laxnhockey (Chris), mind your business. I’ll never go away for the very opposite reason you said I would. And! No! I don’t “sit in on GM meetings or something” because they don’t allow women to attend these all men meetings, and even less a 13 year old girl like me.

        Now that we know all about me, why don’t you tell us about you trolling (Chris)? Eh!

    • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      You bimbo! You started by saying I didn’t even watch the game, and that I was bsing. I’m allowed to my opinion when I evaluate a player. You on the other, try to tell me where I was or was not last night. Idiot! No FU.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I’ve got an idea for you, STFU.

      • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Here’s an idea for you, Chris a.k.a. laxnhockey. GTFOOH!

      • laxnhockey - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Who in the hell is Chris?

  2. winnipegwonder - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Go Habs! Now hopefully winnipeg can win tomorrow too. I just got some tickets!!

  3. beezer33 - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Vanek has always been lazy. If you don’t think so you haven’t seen him enough. He rarely back checks and 90% of his goals is in front of the net stick work. He disappears way too much. If he tried hard every game he’d be a scoring machine instead of barely above average. Minnesota can take him after Heatley is gone

    • buddysguys - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      boy you are way off.

    • joey4id - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      You are dead one. He’s a natural goal scorer with great hand. He plays a very passive game waiting for the puck to come to him as opposed to making himself open for a pass in the clear.

  4. graymalkin26 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Joey4id…yeah whatever, good call knob cobbler…

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