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VANCOUVER – Corey Perry scored in his debut for the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday – although putting the puck in the net wasn’t exactly his goal at the time

Halfway through the second period, the veteran right winger slipped a puck into the crease and saw it slide through the skates of Vancouver goalie Braden Holtby

“I’ll always say I wanted to shoot, but I think I saw the backdoor (from Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi) and I think she came out of the d-man stick or something and in the net, ”Perry said after Montreal’s victory the Canucks 5-2

“But (Kotkaniemi) made a great play going to the back post and it kind of opened up a seam for me”

Perry replaced Joel Armia who suffered a concussion in a shot from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers as the Canadiens beat the Canucks 7-3 on Thursday

Edmundson and Myers dropped the gloves 3:09 in the first period The Montreal defender got a few good shots before the duo were separated by officials and each is given a five-minute penalty for fighting

“Our team weren’t a huge fan of the hit and he stepped up and didn’t back down,” Edmundson said of the fight. “So you gotta respect that But I still wasn’t a fan of the hit “

After 14 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, Perry spent last year with the Dallas Stars The 35-year-old signed a one-year US $ 750,000 contract with Montreal in December

“It was quick, the first two shifts But once you got into the flow of the game I played a few games in this league so it comes back,” Perry said of his debut. “I felt good overall The hands felt good I played with some really good players tonight so it made it easier for me”

Saturday’s game – the third in four nights between the two teams – also saw Nick Suzuki, Brendan Gallagher and Joel Edmundson score for Montreal (4-0-2) Jonathan Drouin scored a goal and an assist

The Canadiens now have points from their first six games of the season, all of which were played on the road The only other team to accomplish this feat in NHL history is the 1968-69 Canadiens

Montreal coach Claude Julien said there was still work to be done, but there were a lot of positives to come out of his team’s first trip of the year

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“So there are a lot of good things that came out of this road trip and as a coach you have to be happy when you can find so many points in this short trip”

The Canucks (2-5-0) lost 2-0 before the third and were outscored 18-13 in the first two periods

Elias Pettersson unleashed a 3:50 comeback in the final quarter, hitting a long shot from defender Jordie Benn out of the air and between Price’s legs for his first goal of the season

The scorer broke a five-game scoreless slip for Pettersson, the longest drought of his short career

Nils Hoglander tied the game at 2-2 just over two minutes later with a backlash shot that beat Price’s stick

Gallagher brought the match winner back at 9:07 am in the third with a wrist shot from below in the face-off circle

Drouin added insurance about two minutes later, beating Holtby on a breakaway, and Edmundson scored an empty net with 2:54 left on the clock

Despite the final score, Canucks coach Travis Green really liked what he saw of his team in the loss

It was a close checking game where Vancouver hit a few posts, saw a few shots sail off the net but stuck to the game, he said

“I felt bad for our group,” said Green “I thought for 50 minutes that this was maybe our best game yet. Some mistakes cost us the game in the last 10 minutes”

After turning heads in Edmonton’s “bubble” during the playoffs last year, the Canucks were hoping to take another step forward this season

“Obviously this isn’t the start we wanted but I don’t think anyone is sulking and ducking their head at this point,” defenseman Quinn Hughes said on Saturday.

“We are only seven games away and we still have a lot of hockey to play. We have time to find out, but we hope that as soon as possible”

Canucks to host Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of a three-game series on Monday The Canadiens return to Montreal to host the Calgary Flames on Thursday

NOTES: Suzuki has one point in Montreal’s six games this year, scoring two goals and four assists to start the season Tyler Toffoli was credited with assisting on Perry’s goal, extending his points streak to four games (five goals, three assists) Two veteran defensemen returned to the Vancouver roster Alex Edler returned after missing Thursday’s tilt with an undisclosed injury and Benn made his season debut after being out early of the year due to COVID-19 protocols

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