Canadiens 5, Oilers 2
Oct. 11, 2000
MONTREAL (AP) _ Saku Koivu and Patrice Brisebois scored power-play goals in the second period and Benoit Brunet scored twice to lead Montreal to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night in the Canadiens' 91st home opener.
Craig Darby also scored for the Canadiens, who were outscored 10-4 in losing their first two games of the season to New Jersey and Toronto.
Edmonton's Chad Kilger scored his first goal of the season just over five minutes into the second. Daniel Cleary scored the Oilers' second goal with 4:15 left in the third.
Canadiens goalie Jeff Hackett, making his third straight start, stopped 16 shots.
A crowd of 20,108 was on hand at the Molson Centre, more than one thousand fans below the four-year old arena's capacity.
Darby opened the scoring 14:18 into the first when he finished off a give-and-go play with Patrice Poulin. Darby tapped home Poulin's return pass beyond Oilers goalie Tommy Salo's stick side for his first goal of the season.
Koivu wristed a shot past Salo at 2:22 of the second _ with Todd Marchant in the penalty box _ for his second goal to put Montreal ahead 2-0.
Kilger drew Edmonton within one at 2-1 less than three minutes later.
Brisebois, who also had three assists, restored the Canadiens' two-goal lead 13:38 into the second with a slap shot from the top of the left-wing circle that just beat Salo between the pads.
Brunet put Montreal ahead 4-1 with his first goal at 8:03 of the third before Cleary drew the Oilers within two on his first of the season at 15:45.
Brunet added his second goal of the period into an empty net with 17 seconds left.