Boeser, Horvat help Canucks edge Canadiens

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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks overcame a hat trick by former teammate Tyler Toffoli and denied Carey Price his 350th NHL win with a 6-5 shootout victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser each had two goals and an assist for the Canucks (2-3-0), who ended a three-game losing streak. Braden Holtby made 31 saves, including six in overtime.

Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens (2-0-2), who play in Vancouver again on Thursday and Saturday.

Toffoli scored his third goal on a deflection with 3:41 left in the third period to put the Canadiens ahead 5-4, but Boeser scored 32 seconds later to tie it 5-5.

Vancouver came into the game 0-for-15 on the power play, but Horvat made it 1-0 with a one-timer from the high slot on the man-advantage at 11:07 of the first period. 

Toffoli scored his first goal for Montreal on a partial breakaway to tie it 1-1 at 1:37 of the second period.

Tyler Motte put the Canucks back ahead 2-1 at 4:25 on a 2-on-1, but Toffoli tapped in a backdoor pass from Nick Suzuki on a power play to tie it 2-2 at 5:27. 

Boeser scored a power-play goal on rebound in the low slot to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead at 11:13.

Brendan Gallagher scored his first of the season on a 2-on-1 with Tomas Tatar to tie it 3-3 at 18:25 of the second period, but Horvat scored Vancouver’s third goal on the power play 3:24 into the third period to make it 4-3.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi tied it 4-4 at 10:14 from the high slot following a turnover by Tyler Myers.

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