(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)