VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — It took only minutes into Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks for the Montreal Canadiens season-opening, nine-game winning streak to feel in jeopardy.
Moments after Daniel Sedin rang a goal off the post, Canucks rookie Jared McCann scored 2:30 into the game to put Vancouver ahead.
It was the first time Montreal gave up a first-period goal all season and preview of bad things to come in a 5-1 loss at Rogers Arena.
The Canadiens (9-1-0) came into the game red-hot and with a chance to match a league record with 10 consecutive wins to start the season. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs (1993-94) and Buffalo Sabres (2006-07) have opened a season with 10 straight victories.
But whether all the talk of Montreal’s win streak was weighing on the Canadiens, captain Max Pacioretty wasn’t about to admit it.
“Other people talked about it, we didn’t,” he said after the game. “We’ve gotten off to a great start this year, 9-and-1….