Mar 18, 2014 10:42 PM by Jordan Mason
MONTREAL (AP) - Thomas Vanek had a hat trick to lift Montreal to a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in former Canadiens great Patrick Roy's first game at the Bell Centre as an NHL head coach.
Brandon Prust, who left the game late in the first period with an injury, returned to score a goal and set up one by Travis Moen for Montreal, which won its third game in a row. Vanek got his first goal in six games since he was acquired in a trade deadline deal.
Trailing by two goals, Roy pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:20 left to play, but Dale Weise scored into the empty net.
Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored a highlight-reel goal and Max Talbot and Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avalanche, who lost for only the third time in 10 games. The Avs end a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Winnipeg.