Toffoli scores twice, Canadiens defeat Canucks again

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MONTREAL — Tyler Toffoli scored twice and took the NHL lead with his ninth goal of the season in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Toffoli’s two goals came in 3:18 during the second period after Josh Anderson scored twice in 3:07 in the first for the Canadiens (7-1-2), who are 4-0-1 against the Canucks, including a 6-2 win here Monday. Jake Allen made 36 saves.

Eight of Toffoli’s nine goals have been scored against the Canucks; he had six in 10 games with Vancouver last season after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 17, 2020. He signed a four-year contract with the Canadiens on Oct. 12.

Montreal captain Shea Weber became the fifth defenseman selected in the 2003 NHL Draft to play 1,000 games, following Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks) and Dion Phaneuf (retired).

Antoine Roussel, Elias Pettersson, and Tanner Pearson scored, and Thatcher Demko made 28 saves for the Canucks (6-7-0).

Anderson gave Montreal a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal at 13:53 of the first period, then made it 2-0 at 17:00.

Roussel did not play Monday because of an undisclosed injury, scored his first of the season at 4:20 of the second to make it 2-1.

Toffoli gave the Canadiens a 3-1 lead at 12:29 with his eighth of the season, then made it 4-1 when he drove up the middle and dragged the puck between his skates in front of Canucks defenseman Jordie Benn before scoring with a backhand shot into the top right corner at 15:47.

Pettersson scored a power-play goal 53 seconds into the third to make it 4-2.

Pearson made it 4-3 when he scored with 42 seconds remaining and Demko pulled for an extra attacker.

Jeff Petry scored an empty-net goal with six seconds left for the 5-3 final. Toffoli scored his third point with an assist.

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