The Vancouver Canucks got back on the winning track their last time out, picking up a much-needed two points as they continue their quest for the Western Conference's top seed.
While the Montreal Canadiens have little chance to climb into the East playoff picture, they're coming off a rare impressive effort of their own.
Seeking a two-game sweep of Montreal, Vancouver tries for a ninth victory in 10 home meetings in this series Saturday night.
After suffering back-to-back defeats in regulation that left them 1-2-2 in a five-game span, the Canucks (42-18-8) moved to within a point of conference-leading St. Louis with a 3-2 win over Winnipeg on Thursday. Ryan Kesler opened the scoring with a short-handed tally in the second period before Alexander Edler and Samuel Pahlsson scored the game's final two goals.
"It was an important win for us, we wanted to get back in the 'W' column and I thought we came out of the gate really strong and we continued it,"...