MONTREAL (AP) -- Vancouver's top line was determined to end the
Canucks' road skid.
Bertuzzi and center Brendan Morrison each assisted on both of
Naslund's goals as Vancouver's top line accounted for eight points.
"We understood the importance of this game, and the importance
of getting a road win," Bertuzzi said. "We understood that we
needed to get it done, and it had to get done hard tonight. We were
eager and we came out strong."
The Canucks, coming off back-to-back losses to Toronto, got
their first win in regulation in eight games.
Naslund scored to break a 1-1 tie in the second, and assisted on
Bertuzzi's eighth goal early in the third. He added his second goal
of the game -- his 10th of the season -- with 6:27 remaining.
"We're starting to skate a little bit better again," Naslund
said. "We had a stretch there where it looked like we were all
tired, we didn't move around as much as we had to to be successful.
When you get checked closely and you have teams trying to shut you
down, it's important that you move around and get in new positions,
and that's what we're doing right now."
Richard Zednik, who scored twice Saturday in Edmonton --
including the first outdoor goal in NHL history -- got his fifth
goal in four games for Montreal. Niklas Sundstrom also scored for
the Canadiens, who returned from a five-game road trip.
"They were the better team, it's as simple as that," Canadiens
captain Saku Koivu said. "They won all the battles, they won the
loose pucks, and they deserved the win. We weren't even close in
the game tonight."
Ryan Kesler, chosen 23rd overall in the 2003 draft, assisted on
Keane's goal for his first career point in his second game since
being recalled from Manitoba of the AHL.
"He's very mature," Naslund said. "He's skating well and he's
making good plays, and it's good to see. I'm very happy with the
way he's played."
Keane, who signed as a free agent the day before Vancouver's
season opener, started the scoring in the first with his first goal
in 15 games with the Canucks. It was his first goal since Jan. 23
with Colorado against Columbus -- a span of 39 games.
Zednik, who scored just twice in his first 18 games -- including
a 12-game drought -- scored his seventh to tie it. After taking a
pass from Saku Koivu, Zednik's first shot was blocked by Brent
Sopel. Zednik fired the rebound past goalie Dan Cloutier, inside
the left post.
Naslund took Bertuzzi's pass and put a backhand shot beyond
Theodore in the second to put Vancouver up 2-1.
Bertuzzi made it 3-1 just 3:15 into the third with a shot into
the right side of the net, and King increased the lead to three.
Sundstrom scored his first of the season at 12:43 to draw
Montreal to within 4-2. Naslund restored the Canucks' three-goal
lead 50 seconds later.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, the 2003 NL Cy Young
Award winner, watched the game from a rinkside seat beside the
penalty box. ... Both teams and the four on-ice officials wore
retro uniforms. Vancouver wore the blue and green jerseys the team
sported when it broke into the NHL in 1970-71. Montreal wore its
1945-46 white jerseys.