Cole nets 2 in 3rd, Canadiens beat Canucks 4-1

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 10:00 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Erik Cole scored two third-period goals, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday night for their first winning streak in a month.

Cole gave Montreal a 2-1 lead with a soft backhanded shot that eluded goalie Roberto Luongo 13 seconds into the third period. He made it 4-1 with 8:58 left, knocking in his own rebound for his 25th goal of the season and third in four games.

P.K. Subban had a power-play goal, and Blake Geoffrion netted his first tally of the season for the injury-plagued Canadiens, who outshot Vancouver 30-18 over the final two periods. It was the third win in 10 games for Montreal (27-32-10).

The last time the Canadiens — the last-place team in the Eastern Conference — strung wins together was a four-game streak that ended Feb. 11 with a 5-0 victory at Toronto.

Ryan Kesler gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead in the second period.

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