With the Canadiens on the cusp of their third win in a row Tuesday, the elated crowd at the Bell Centre started singing the Olé, Olé, Olé song.
They also took up a new chant for the game’s first star: “Va-nek! Va-nek!”
In his sixth game with the Canadiens since being traded to the team earlier this month, Vanek scored his first, second and third goals as a Hab — a hat trick that sealed the Habs 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. His linemates David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty each picked up two assists on the night.
Their line had a lot of chances, but hadn’t been rewarded, Vanek said surrounded by a crush of reporters after the game.
“I’m glad the coach stuck with us,” Vanek said.
“I thought we made some good plays today, especially Davey and Patch. They set me up nicely and I could finally finish.”
(Photo: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press) When P.K. Subban got the puck in the dying seconds of the game with the Canadiens down 4-3 to the Ottawa Senators, his initial
(Photo: John Mahoney /The Gazette) The Canadiens got off to a strong start against the Boston Bruins Wednesday at the Bell Centre, but couldn't muster a comeback against their
(Photo: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz) The Bell Centre finally came to life in the last minute of the third period when Brian Gionta scored the tying goal against the Detroit
(Photo: The Gazette/John Mahoney) It was a busy night for Canadiens goaltender Carey Price who faced 44 shots, but also for Max Pacioretty who was awarded two penalty shots
(Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes) It was Ryan White's first night back in the lineup since early January and Dale Weise's first game as a Hab. Along with Michaël Bournival,
(Photo: The Gazette/Allen McInnis) Two tight back-to-back games and two losses for the Habs. The Canadiens dropped their second Superbowl weekend matinee game at the Bell Centre on Sunday, losing
(Photo: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) It was the same 2-1 final score as the previous two meetings this season between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning, only this time
(Photo: The Gazette/John Mahoney) The Canadiens rebounded from their ugly loss against the Washington Capitals and snapped their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 3-0 win