Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canucks Hoping to Stop Red-Hot Canadiens, Win First Game at Home This Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canucks Hoping to Stop Red-Hot Canadiens, Win First Game at Home This Season

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Canucks hoping to stop red-hot Canadiens

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are hoping a visit from the NHL's top team will help shake them from their home-ice slumber.

The Montreal Canadiens enter Tuesday's game at Rogers Arena as the first team in league history to open a season with nine straight regulation victories and are on the verge of joining elite company as one of only three franchises to start a year with 10 consecutive wins.

The Canucks, meanwhile, have blown third-period leads in three of their five home defeats, including Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

"For us it's a great measuring stick (against) probably the best team in the league right now," Vancouver forward Alexandre Burrows said after Monday's practice. "We'll try to end that streak."

Montreal is of course led by reining Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price, who has seven of his team's nine wins, including two shutouts, to go along with a 1.29 goal-against average and a .961 save percentage. A victory on Tuesday would see the Canadiens join the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres as the only teams to start a season with 10 straight wins.

"We're not really focused on going 10 for 10, we're just focused on the first shift of the game and executing the way we want to play," said Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban. "I've said it before and I'll say it again: all we've accomplished is to have a good start to the season, and that's it.

"There's still a lot of hockey left to be played and we're not going to be the ones leading this type of parade."

The Canadiens are coming off a 5-3 home win over Toronto on Saturday that came on the heels of a 7-2 victory in Buffalo the night before. Tuesday marks the start of a three-game road trip through Western Canada that will also see Montreal visit the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. …

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