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Blue Jackets score 10, shut out Canadiens

Four players get two goals, Sergei Bobrovsky makes 30 saves

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Montreal Canadiens 10-0 at Nationwide Arena on Friday.

It was a Blue Jackets record for goals in a game and margin of victory.

Cam Atkinson, Scott Hartnell, Nick Foligno and Josh Anderson each had two goals for Columbus (5-3-1), which previously scored eight goals in a game three times. Alexander Wennberg had an NHL career-high four assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for his third shutout in his past six games.

"Not a lot of things went right for that team," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "A lot went right for us. I'm glad we're on this end of it."

The Canadiens lost 10-0 for the fourth time in their history to tie their largest margin of defeat.

 

WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens highlights 

 

"I don't think you're going to forget one like that," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said.

Backup Al Montoya made 30 saves for Montreal (9-1-1), which had won eight in a row. It allowed 13 goals in the previous 10 games but gave up eight in the first 38 1/2 minutes to the Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets, winners of three straight, also got goals from defensemen Seth Jones and David Savard.

Video: MTL@CBJ: Jones puts home a pass from Anderson

Columbus scored three goals in 3:10 of the first period to take a 3-0 lead. Atkinson scored at 10:56 and Jones got his third at 11:54 before Savard scored at 14:06.

Atkinson started a stretch of four goals in 9:28 in the second period with his fourth goal of the season at 4:01. Foligno scored on the power play at 10:12 and Hartnell's power-play goal at 11:53 put Columbus up 6-0.

Foligno scored his fourth goal at 13:39 and Anderson's long backhand was the eighth goal at 18:32 of the second when the Blue Jackets tied their record with five goals in a period.

Columbus, the best power play in the NHL, went 4-for-5 against the No. 3 penalty kill.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said he kept Montoya in because he wanted to save Carey Price for the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

"That was a really tough decision to make," Therrien said.


 
Goal of the game

Anderson had a no-look, excuse-me backhand shot from near the top of the right faceoff circle in the second period.

Video: MTL@CBJ: Anderson flips in a backhand from the circle

 

Save of the game

Bobrovsky held onto a wrist shot by Tomas Plekanec at 18:46 of the third period for his 30th and final save.

 

Unsung moment of the game

If the Canadiens had any hope of getting back into the game when trailing 4-0, it ended at 8:13 of the second period when Gallagher took a double minor for high sticking Wennberg. Foligno scored with one second left on the first power play and Hartnell scored on the second power play for 6-0 lead.

Video: MTL@CBJ: Hartnell puts away loose puck for PPG

 

Highlight of the game

The first goal was the result of crisp passing during a Columbus power play. Wennberg passed from near the right wall to Foligno behind the goal. Foligno quickly spotted Atkinson in the lower left circle for a one-timer.

Video: MTL@CBJ: Atkinson buries feed from Foligno for PPG

 

They said it

"It's a tough game, but like baseball, we, the coaching staff, saw it coming like a big curveball." -- Canadiens coach Michel Therrien

 

"I've been on the other side of it. All it is is a tick in the win column and one tick in the loss column." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella

 

"Every guy who had a chance buried it. It's kind of unheard of in this game." -- Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno

 

"This was a [butt] kicking. We had it coming here. The last game we were sloppy. We got away with it. Tonight we didn't." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

 

'It's tough to shake it off when you get scored on that many times. We'll see what type of group we are." -- Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty


 
Need to know

Columbus had 16 players get at least one point. The skaters who did not were defenseman Ryan Murray and forward Lukas Sedlak. Rookie defenseman Markus Nutivaara got his first NHL point by assisting on Savard's goal. … Bobrovsky is 5-1-1 with a 1.29 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in the past seven games. … The Montreal record for goals allowed is 11. It's happened six times, most recently Feb. 12, 1995.

 

What's next

Canadiens: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, TCN-PH, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-O, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Four Blue Jackets score twice in dominating 10-0 win
 

 

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