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CBJ@MTL: Halfway back

Habs come back in the third, earn overtime point against Columbus at home

by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL -- The Bell Centre was host to a goaltending duel on Tuesday night, and the Habs finally solved Sergei Bobrovsky late in the final frame to earn a point in OT.

The Canadiens have now earned points in five of November's first seven games, going 4-2-1 over that span one month after starting October 1-5-1.


Paul Byron played in his 300th career NHL game on Tuesday, having now spent more than half of his career as a Hab since he was claimed off waivers from Calgary in October 2015.

But the evening was an emotional one for reasons other than milestones for the speedy forward, who was visibly upset on the Canadiens bench after being denied on a shorthanded breakaway, 9:33 into the second.

Video: Paul Byron on a tight game against Columbus

"To not put it in, to not help your team… it's pretty frustrating," admitted Byron, who suited up for his 162nd game as a Hab. "If it's 4-0 and we're winning, I don't care -- whatever -- but when things are going wrong, and it just takes one chance to get back in the game and you miss… it's a frustrating feeling for sure."

The 28-year-old's stick -- and helmet -- felt the brunt of Byron's frustration as the Habs were blanked through the opening 40.

"But everyone just told me to stay with it," continued the Ottawa, ON native. "Everyone here is pretty positive, and we all understand the frustrations of the game sometimes. It's nothing personal against anybody, I was just frustrated with myself. I had to refocus my energy and it felt good to get that out."

That strategy appeared to have paid off as Byron would later get the Habs' lone goal with just 7:46 remaining in regulation, helping earn the Canadiens a point in OT.

Video: CBJ@MTL: Byron buries rebound, scores in 300th game


Although no longer unbeaten in the NHL, goaltender Charlie Lindgren nevertheless has another impressive streak going through eight career games in the big leagues.

In addition to a solid 6-1-1 record and 0.952 save percentage, the Lakeville, MN native has yet to allow more than two goals in any of his NHL starts.

That trend continued on Tuesday, as Lindgren allowed just two goals on 25 shots -- and just one in regulation.

Video: Charlie Lindgren on his performance against Columbus

"Every game, I want to be as perfect as I can be," acknowledged the 23-year-old netminder, who despite his own strong performance, was impressed by his counterpart across the ice.

"He's outstanding. He's super good. Obviously we all knew that coming in, but some of the saves he made were just incredible," added Lindgren of Bobrovsky. "He battles hard, he's fast, he's quick… He's a heck of a goalie."

The Columbus goaltender made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets and was named the night's first star, holding the Habs to two goals or fewer for a third-straight game.

Or as Lindgren sees it: challenge accepted.

"I like that. I embrace it," concluded the former St. Cloud State product. "It's fun. We've faced some really good goalies lately, so as a team we know it's going to be hard to score, but there have been some good battles."

Video: CBJ@MTL: Lindgren slides across to deny Foligno

The Habs' next battle is set for Thursday against Arizona.

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