Canucks silence Habs fans

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks silenced thousands of Montreal Canadiens' fans at General Motors Place Saturday night with a half-dozen first period goals en route to a 6-2 win.

"My buddies probably stopped watching the game after the first, because they're diehard Canadiens' fans," said Canucks' forward Alexandre Burrows, a rookie from Pointe-Claire, Que. who scored Vancouver's second goal.

Brendan Morrison kicked off the goal parade 57 seconds into the game. Mattias Ohlund, Markus Naslund, Henrik Sedin and Trevor Linden also scored. Starting Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore allowed five before he was relieved by Cristobal Huet with less than seven minutes to go in the first.

"They came out and played one of the best first periods we've ever seen from a Vancouver Canuck team," said head coach Marc Crawford.

Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu scored for Montreal.

Canucks' goaltender Alex Auld saved 24 shots in the Canucks' fourth consecutive win. They'll make a drive for five tonight in St. Louis against the last-place Blues (5 p.m., Mojo AM 730/Sportsnet). Three weeks ago on Jan. 2, the host Blues embarrassed Vancouver 4-1 in the Canucks' first game of 2006.

Canucks' seven-game road trip continues tomorrow night against the Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio. Canucks visit Detroit, Denver, Phoenix, Calgary and Edmonton before returning to host the Blue Jackets on Feb. 6. Defenseman Ed Jovanovski, on the mend from a groin injury, could return to action this week.

"We've got a huge road trip coming up, it's going to be important to get off to a good start," said Henrik Sedin.


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