FINAL
TOR
1
BUF
3
FINAL
LAK
2
NJD
0
FINAL
NSH
1
PIT
4
FINAL SO
ANA
2
CAR
3
FINAL SO
MTL
3
CBJ
2
FINAL
BOS
2
OTT
4
FINAL SO
WSH
4
DET
3
FINAL
FLA
2
MIN
3
FINAL SO
PHI
2
WPG
3
FINAL
SJS
3
EDM
1
MTL
46-28-8
CBJ
43-32-7
SO
40 SOG
25 SOG

Canadiens rally, defeat Blue Jackets in shootout

Craig Merz  - NHL.com Correspondent | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets went beyond regulation for the third time in four days. The result was the same.

The Blue Jackets went to a shootout Friday at home against the Montreal Canadiens and came away with a single point again when David Desharnais scored the lone goal and Peter Budaj stopped all three attempts by Columbus for a 3-2 comeback victory.

Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller scored for Montreal in regulation after R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov gave Columbus a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Montreal (9-8-2) is 2-3-2 in its past seven games. Columbus (6-10-3), which lost this week in overtime to the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins, is 1-5-3 in its past nine.

"We're doing a lot of good things," Columbus left wing Nick Foligno said. "That's the frustrating part. We're not coming away with two points. There seems that lull, that little moment when we allow them to come back.

"We let them hang around. We let them hang around. We weren't able to put the nail in the coffin. It's nothing we can't fix."

Curtis McElhinney had 38 saves (all in regulation) for the Blue Jackets; Budaj faced 25 shots, including four in overtime when he denied Brandon Dubinsky and Nikita Nikitin with less than 15 seconds to play.

With the Canadiens hosting the New York Rangers on Saturday, coach Michel Therrien opted to start Budaj for the fourth time this season.

Columbus also went with its No. 2; McElhinney got his fourth start after the Blue Jackets lost 3-2 Thursday at Boston with Sergei Bobrovsky in net.

"It was a big win for us because we deserved it," Budaj said. "I don't want to take anything away from Columbus. They played last night. We jumped on them, kept the momentum. [McElhinney] played great for them. He made some big saves for them, kept them in the game. We were the better team tonight."

The Blue Jackets went first in the shootout and Budaj made a pad save on Mark Letestu. McElhinney did likewise at the other end on Galchenyuk. In round two, Budaj used his glove to deny an Anisimov backhand, and Desharnais, a healthy scratch in two of the previous four games, beat McElhinney with a tight shot. Columbus' last chance was Ryan Johansen, but Budaj didn't bite on a fake and made the save.

"It's always easier to go to the last shutout with the lead 1-0," Budaj said. "The pressure's on the player. That was big. It took the pressure away from me."

The successful shootout attempt by Desharnais, who had no goals and one assist in 17 games prior to Friday, was a reward for the faith shown in him by Therrien.

"He played well," Therrien said. "He started on the fourth line and I saw his intensity. I liked the way he practiced this week and I was not afraid to make some changing during the game. He created some chances 5-on-5. I'm really glad for him for his confidence."

The Canadiens fell behind then rallied with a goal late in the first period by Galchenyuk and a power-play score early in the second by Eller.

Eller was to the right of the net to collect a rebound of a shot by Daniel Briere and bank it off McElhinney at 7:34.

Montreal dominated the rest of the second period until the late stages, outshooting Columbus 15-1 in the first 17 minutes until the Blue Jackets had the final four shots.

A wild first period with crazy bounces and plays ended fittingly with a goal by Galchenyuk with 7.8 seconds left to leave the Canadiens trailing 2-1.

A turnover by Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin at his blue line -- he whiffed in trying to send a fluttering puck up ice to finish the period -- resulted in a break for Galchenyuk. Tyutin recovered and was going to be called for hooking but Galchenyuk maintained control of the puck and beat McElhinney for his fourth goal.

Columbus coach Todd Richards said Tyutin wasn't totally at fault after getting an ill-advised pass from Johansen.

"We just shoveled it back to our defenseman," Richards said. "It was a tough play for [Tyutin]. The puck was bouncing. He tries to make a play. It was just a bad decision."

It salvaged the period for the Canadiens, who despite a 14-10 advantage in shots gave up two quick goals.

Umberger made it 1-0 at 15:33 with a shot from a bad angle from the lower left circle near the side wall. He was helped by a screen from Michael Chaput, and Budaj was unable to see the puck as it went off his pads and trickled into the goal.

The Blue Jackets scored again at 17:12 with Anisimov getting credit for a weird goal off a sequence that began with David Savard's shot from the right point hitting the post. He got the puck back and sent it across the ice to Nikitin. The defenseman teed the puck but fell down only to swat it behind him.

Anisimov then took a whack and the puck went airborne off a Montreal stick. Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was checked into Budaj and both went to the ice. Boll was on his back when the shot from Anisimov bounced at the edge of the crease and went behind Budaj before he could regain his skates.

"Even though we were down two goals we didn't panic," Therrien said. "We didn't change anything. We stuck to the plan and deserved to win."

The Blue Jackets announced before the game that right wing Marian Gaborik would miss at least a month with a sprained knee sustained late in the game Thursday at the Boston Bruins. Gaborik was third on the team in points with 11 and tied for the team lead with five goals.

1st2nd3rdOTsoT
MTL ()
CBJ ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
15:33CBJ R.J. Umberger (4) ASST: Nick Foligno (4), James Wisniewski (13) 1 - 0 CBJ
17:12CBJ Artem Anisimov (5) ASST: Nikita Nikitin (3), David Savard (5) 2 - 0 CBJ
19:52MTL Alex Galchenyuk (4) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
07:34MTL PPG - Lars Eller (7) ASST: Daniel Briere (3), Andrei Markov (9) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1CBJMark Letestu - Save
2MTLAlex Galchenyuk - Missed
3CBJArtem Anisimov - Save
4MTLDavid Desharnais - Goal
5CBJRyan Johansen - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDColumbus Blue JacketsMontréal Canadiens
1Mark LetestuAlex Galchenyuk
2Artem AnisimovDavid Desharnais
3Ryan Johansen
Three Stars of the Game
Curtis McElhinney
1st
SA: 40TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 26-27
PIM: 0PP: 12-13
SV%: .950SH: 0-0
Lars Eller
2nd
G: 1Shots: 8
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 21:20
David Desharnais
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:06
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:54MTL P.K. Subban  Roughing against  Derek MacKenzie
06:19MTL Lars Eller  Hooking against  Mark Letestu
12:39CBJ Ryan Murray  Hooking against  David Desharnais
18:34MTL Brandon Prust  Slashing against  Jack Johnson
18:34CBJ Jack Johnson  Cross checking against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
06:59CBJ Cam Atkinson  Holding against  Andrei Markov
09:22CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Holding against  Rene Bourque
16:26CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
16:26MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
3rd Period
05:53CBJ Nick Foligno  Illegal Check To Head against  Alex Galchenyuk
11:13MTL P.K. Subban  Holding against  Nick Foligno
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodMTLCBJ
1st1410
2nd156
3rd115
OT04
Total4025
Team Stats
CategoryMTLCBJ
Power Plays1/40/3
Hits2531
Faceoff Wins3127
Giveaways23
Takeaways39
Blocked Shots1415
Penalty Minutes1315
  • MONTREAL
  • COLUMBUS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6D. MurrayD00-1009:39
8B. PrustL0001710:48
14T. PlekanecC00-11017:10
17R. BourqueR00-15017:58
21B. GiontaR00-10017:11
26J. GorgesD00-11023:59
27A. GalchenyukC1015017:50
32T. MoenL000009:45
48D. BriereC01-12012:05
49M. BournivalL00-10012:23
51D. DesharnaisC0001016:06
53R. WhiteC000108:07
55F. BouillonD00-11019:06
61R. DiazD00-11022:36
67M. PaciorettyL00-18020:40
76P. SubbanD0012429:01
79A. MarkovD0113026:16
81L. EllerC1018221:20
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30P. Budaj2325.92065:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
6N. NikitinD0103018:25
7J. JohnsonD0000223:48
13C. AtkinsonR00-12217:27
14B. ComeauL0004013:32
17B. DubinskyC0003022:04
18R. UmbergerC1012018:50
19R. JohansenC00-13016:37
21J. WisniewskiD0112023:22
24D. MacKenzieC0003016:16
27R. MurrayD0010223:29
39M. ChaputC0011012:59
40J. BollR001054:53
42A. AnisimovC1011012:36
43S. CollinsC001006:13
51F. TyutinD00-10222:45
55M. LetestuC0000020:23
58D. SavardD0110018:36
71N. FolignoL0111219:10
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. McElhinney3840.95065:00