But it was two big goals and an even bigger hit from Jovanovski
that allowed the Canucks to rally from a pair of deficits and win a
wild game that featured vintage jerseys and lots of late scoring.
"He got us back in the game," Ohlund said after pouncing on a loose puck in the high slot and firing a wrist shot through Jose Theodore's legs.
Montreal's Michael Ryder tied it off a rebound with 8:05 left in
third, just 51 seconds after Jovanovski's second goal of the period
gave the Canucks their first lead.
"He's one of those guys that can really change the outlook of
the game by himself, and he did it tonight," Ohlund said. "Eddie
made some unbelievable plays."
Andrei Markov's sharp-angle goal put the Canadiens up 3-2 just
39 seconds into the third, but Jovanovski tied it at 7:03 with a
rush that started in front of his own net and ended with a pretty
give-and-go with rookie Jason King at the other end.
Then, shortly after hammering Richard Zednik with an open-ice
hit, Jovanovski beat Theodore with a power-play slap shot.
"Before the game my legs felt awful, but during the game they
picked up," said Jovanovski, who had a game-high 10 shots on goal.
"It's a good feeling when your legs are going and you're
Zednik snapped a 12-game goal drought with a pair of goals for
the Canadiens, who have just three wins in their last 12 games. But
it was a trio of huge hits -- one Zednik delivered and two he took --
that was the focus after a game that started slowly and got rougher
as the night went on.
"We're confident at home, and it was nice to redeem ourselves in
overtime," Trevor Linden said. "There were some big hits tonight.
Not a lot of games have those types of body checks.
It was the Canucks' first game wearing vintage jerseys from the
1972-73 season, a simple white design with green and blue trim and
their original stick-in-the-rink logo in the middle. The Canadiens
wore their traditional red jerseys from the 1958-59 season, which
look a lot like their current road uniforms.
Saku Koivu, playing on a new line with Zednik and Ryder, added
three assists for Montreal -- his first points in six games this
season after missing the start with a knee injury.
"I had chances, and they finally went in," Zednik said.
"Hopefully, we can all keep playing this way and our line can get
Vancouver scored three power-play goals on seven chances,
sending the Canadiens' league-worst road penalty killing below 70
"We have to do a better job on the PK," said Theodore, who
finished with 37 saves. "They had three goals, and that's why they
won the game."
With Vancouver C Artem Chubarov and LW Magnus Arvedson out
with injuries, C Nathan Smith played his first NHL game after being
recalled from Manitoba of the AHL earlier in the day. ... Montreal
C Yanic Perreault was a healthy scratch for the third time in six
games despite being second on the team with five goals.