VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Brendan Morrison scored 57
seconds in and the Vancouver Canucks netted a team-record tying six
goals in the first period en route to a 6-2 win against the
Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Morrison set the tone and Alexandre Burrows added another goal
on a wraparound less than a minute later as Vancouver romped to
their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. The Canucks
scored six times on their first 13 shots in the opening 14 minutes.
Alex Auld made 24 saves for the Canucks, who improved to 9-1
against the Eastern Conference and kept pace with Calgary atop the
Michael Ryder scored early in the second and set up Saku Koivu's
goal with 1:14 left as the Canadiens fell to 2-2 since general
manager Bob Gainey fired head coach Claude Julien and took over
behind the bench.
After winning their first two games for Gainey, the Canadiens
lost 3-2 in Calgary on Thursday. Then they came out flat against
That was the end of Jose Theodore's night, as the Canadiens'
goalie was pulled after surrendering five goals on 11 shots.
Cristobal Huet didn't fare much better in his place.
Even when Montreal appeared to gain momentum, it was quickly
Sheldon Souray's apparent power-play goal with 1:38 left in the
first period was quickly waved off because he knocked the puck in
with a high stick.
Burrows has three goals and five points in his first 10 NHL
games. The undrafted 24-year-old left winger was playing in the
ECHL and on a ball hockey team before signing in Manitoba last
year. He earned his first NHL contract with the Canucks after this
season started. ... Vancouver G Maxime Ouellet backed up Auld one
night after making 17 saves for Manitoba in a 4-2 AHL win over
Hamilton, the Canadiens' affiliate. ... Canucks D Ed Jovanovski
missed his 11th straight game with a groin injury, but has resumed
skating. He plans to accompany the team when they leave for a
seven-game, two-week road trip on Sunday.