Vanek didn't help
The Canadiens' prize acquisition had a quiet night in Phoenix.
So did most of Thomas Vanek's new teammates.
Third-period goals by Radim Vrbata and Keith Yandle blew open a close game and sent the Canadiens to down to their second defeat of the road trip.
The goal was Vrbata's second. The Coyotes also got goals from Lauri Korpikoski and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
Andrei Markov, with his sixth, and Alex Galchenyuk's 12th, on a 5-on-3 power play, scored for the Canadiens.
The Canadiens outshot Phoenix 26-23.
Radim Vrbata, with his second of the game, and Keith Yandle, on a Phoenix power play, blew open a close game.
A 5-on-3 power play got the Canadiens back in the game.
Alex Galchenyuk tipped a P.K. Subban shot past Mike Smith to narrow Phoenix's lead to one goal.
The Canadiens also had a goal disallowed when it was ruled David Desharnais had interfered with Smith.
In a reversal of first-period fortunes, the Canadiens outshot the Coyotes 11-1.
The game was barely two minutes olf when Radim Vrbata got the home team on the board, deflecting a point shot by David Schlemko.
Andrei Markov tied it up with a drive that was so hard they needed the Hubble telescaope for the video review.
Lauri Korpikovski restored Phoenix's lead with another deflection, this time of a Mark Stone shot, with Lars Eller in the penalty box .. again.
And with only seconds left, Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Budaj with another long drive.
Phoenix outshot the Canadiens 15-7.
Thomas Vanek played six shifts and was on for Ekman-Larsson's goal.
Vanek makes debut
The Canadiens trade-deadline acquisition will be in the lineup against the Coyotes Thursday night in Phoenix (actually Glendale, if you want to be persnickety), where the Coyotes have not beaten the Canadiens since 1998.
On their last visit to the desert, in November, 2011, the Canadiens won 3-2 in Overtime. Josh Gorges, of all people, potted the winner.
The Canadiens are coming off one of their most exciting games of the season. The team blew a 2-0 lead in Anaheim Wednesday night before Andrei Markov, of all people, blasted the puck past Jonas Hiller in the sixth round of the Shootout.
Fans – and the Ol' Blogger – get a bit of a break on the time difference Thursday ..
Puck drops 9:10ish at the Jobing.com Arena.
Check back later for live game blogging.