Published December 08, 2011
MONTREAL – Cody Hodgson scored twice, including the only shootout goal, and the Vancouver Canucks overcame a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Roberto Luongo, who stopped 20 shots, turned aside David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Michael Cammalleri in the tie-breaker as Vancouver won its third in a row. The Canucks, who trailed 3-0 in the second, have won eight of nine.
Sami Salo drew Vancouver even at 3 with a power-play goal with 4:40 left in the third. Salo drove a slap shot from the point past Price as Montreal's penalty killers allowed their first goal on home ice since Oct. 24.
Mason Raymond scored a short-handed goal in the second to begin the Canucks' comeback. It was Raymond's first goal in three games since returning from a vertebrae compression fracture in the Stanley Cup finals.
Hodgson, who deked before shooting over Carey Price on Vancouver's first shootout attempt, scored during 4-on-4 play 4:24 into the third to draw Vancouver within 3-2.
Price made 28 saves and Raphael Diaz also scored for Montreal, which has lost six of seven (1-3-3).
The Canucks were without David Booth, who sprained his right MCL on a knee-on-knee hit with Colorado's Kevin Porter in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Avalanche. Porter received a four-game suspension earlier in the day. Booth is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Raymond got Vancouver back in the game with Montreal on the power play. He toe-dragged the puck before snapping a shot past Price to draw the Canucks to 3-1.
The Canadiens have allowed five short-handed goals.
Hodgson made it 3-2 with an unassisted effort for his sixth goal.
St-Denis got his first goal in eight games with the Canadiens to open the scoring 4:38 in. His wrist shot from the point got past Luongo, who complained to no avail to the referee after Montreal's Tomas Plekanec jostled for position with defenseman Kevin Bieksa in front of the net.
Diaz made it 2-0 with 1:09 to go in the first on another shot from the point that found its way past Luongo through traffic in front.
Cole, who got an assist on Diaz's goal, beat Luongo through the pads with a low shot from the right side 2:20 into the second to make it 3-0.
Notes: Raymond's goal was the Cancuks' first short-handed tally of the season. ... Canadiens D Yannick Weber did not dress in favor of St-Denis, who has alternated in and out of the lineup for the last eight games.