Vanek’s hat trick seals Habs victory over Avalanche (Video)

(Photo: Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

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, Thomas 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.”

The Canadiens have been struggling on the power play, but capitalized on two of their three chances with goals from Vanek.

“The power play made the difference at the end of the game,” said coach Michel Therrien, adding he liked the team’s effort again in Tuesday’s game.

The Canadiens’ fourth line also turned in a strong performance with Brandon Prust, the game’s second star, and Travis Moen, both scoring along with Dale Weise who scored an empty-netter. Prust picked up an assist on Moen’s second goal of the season, swinging his stick with one hand as he fell to the ice to make the pass.

“They spent a lot of time in the offensive zone,” Therrien said.

“They’re playing the right way. They’re good defensively. When you have a line like that that’s able to execute well it’s a big plus for our team.”

You can watch what Vanek had to say here:

You can watch what Prust had to say here about his third period goal and the advice that Andrei Markov offered in between periods:

And you can listen to Moen here:

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. CHicoHab says:

    Missed the game tonight but kept getting updates. Was looking forward to watching Canadiens express. Habs looked possessed tonite. It seems they played their guts out for a Therrien. Only thing bothered me was the zero emotion from MT when we got goals. Very smug. But then I realized that coach Scotty B. was no better back in the day with his stone cold expressions after a Hab goal.

  2. makka83 says:

    With Weise in the lineup, we’re 9-1-1. Without: 0-3-0

  3. SC-24 says:

    As far as leaving in the summer, Family 1st I say and that decision will be made between vanek and his wife…

  4. icky pop says:

    So where are all the DD haters at? Haven’t heard anyone say he’s a waste of cap space in awhile.

  5. Bugs says:

    Oohhh, THAT’S what the crowd was chanting…
    I was like “Who the heck is Neck-Va?”
    But, uh, yeah, I guess that makes more sense.

    Left turn-missin’ L. B. Potter.

  6. rogieshan says:

    Are the Habs still unbeaten with Dale Wiese in the lineup?

  7. Marc10 says:

    That Moen goal was ridiculous. Crosby does that and people would go on and on about it. That’s the play of the night/the week right there. Crazy goal by Big Trav and a terrific effort by Prusty!

  8. jimmy shaker says:

    Vanek is gone after this year….no hats on the ice from the fans. Way to go 21 273. Jerks! I joke, I joke!

    Shaker out!

  9. Bun E. Laroque says:

    The Vanek has landed !!

  10. 416erHabsFan says:

    deux? When did we get Vanek?? lol.

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