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Werenski, Blue Jackets defeat Canadiens in overtime

Defenseman scores at 1:09 to win it for Columbus

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Zach Werenski scored at 1:09 of overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Cam Atkinson curled to his right after carrying the puck over the Montreal blue line and passed to Werenski, who drove the slot and shot past goalie Charlie Lindgren for his fifth goal.

"I thought [Werenski] made a [heck] of a shot," said Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 28 saves. "They had a good change, smart. We just stayed patient, worked hard and got the two points."

 

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The Blue Jackets (11-7-1) won 2-1 in a shootout at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday to end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).

"We're just finding ways to win," Werenski said. "Obviously, we'd like to end it in regulation, maybe score a few more goals. It's tough to win when you score one goal in regulation, but we're finding ways and we're getting two points. At the end of the day, that's all that matters, is two points. We're happy with it."

Video: CBJ@MTL: Anderson cleans up loose puck in front

Canadiens forward Paul Byron tied it 1-1 with his fourth goal at 12:14 of the third period. He cut across the goal mouth to backhand the rebound of Shea Weber's shot past Bobrovsky, who made 13 saves in the third period, including a sensational blocker stop on Jacob de la Rose on a 2-on-1 at 4:49.

"Those are those chances that you score 99 out of 100 times," Byron said. "I mean, I don't know how he made that save. It was pretty unbelievable."

Lindgren made 23 saves in his fifth consecutive start for Montreal (8-9-2), which is 1-1-1 following a three-game winning streak.

"I thought we played a solid game," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. "That's a high-ranked team. We really limited the offensive damage they could have done. We had our chances, but we faced a goalie who was solid for them."

Video: CBJ@MTL: Bobrovsky covers Danault's tip-in chance

Josh Anderson scored his seventh goal at 2:29 of the first period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.

"We have a lot of guys struggling offensively," Columbus coach John Tortorella said "I thought the first two periods neither team generated much, and obviously (Bobrovsky) was the story in the third period to give us a chance. It's not one guy. It's four or five guys that are struggling offensively. We just have to try and work out of it."

 

Goal of the game

Byron's goal at 12:14 of the third period.

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

 

Save of the game

Bobrovsky stopping de la Rose at 4:49 of the third period.

Video: CBJ@MTL: Bobrovsky robs de la Rose with blocker

 

Highlight of the game

Werenski's goal at 1:09 of overtime.

Video: CBJ@MTL: Werenski bangs home the overtime winner

 

They said it

"I think it makes your hand a little bit lighter and you can make a quicker move." -- Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on dropping his stick before making a sensational blocker save on Jacob de la Rose in the third period

 

"He's the best goalie in the world. There's no surprise anymore. The best part is it's not a luck thing because he does it every single day in practice. I see it every single day up close, we all do. It never fails to amaze us. You practice like you play, and he practices just like he plays." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski on Bobrovsky

 

"It's great playing against a goalie like that. Obviously, he doesn't affect what I do. At the end of the day, my job is to keep the puck out of the net, but it's definitely a fun challenge going against a goalie like that." -- Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren

 

Need to know

Columbus is 5-0-1 in its past six games against Montreal. ... Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen did not play because of a lower-body injury. He is out indefinitely. ... Montreal dressed seven defensemen after forward Torrey Mitchell was a last-minute scratch because of the flu. Defenseman Brandon Davidson replaced Mitchell in the lineup, and rookie defenseman Victor Mete played left wing.

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the New York Rangers on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NHLN, FS-O, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-A, NHL.TV)

 

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