Post Game: Canadiens 5, Blue Jackets 3

Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 10:15 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

CANADIENS 5 | BLUE JACKETS 3
BELL CENTRE
MONTREAL, QUE.




The final score is disappointing in large part because of what went into eliminating a 3-0 deficit, but the fact of the matter is that the Blue Jackets can't put themselves in a three-goal hole.


Tomas Plekanec's worm-burner with just over a minute remaining in regulation broke a 3-3 tie at the Bell Centre, deflating what was an energized Blue Jackets side that scored three straight in the second and third periods to draw even and have a chance to turn a blowout into a defining victory. Montreal stormed to a 2-0 lead in the first period, added a shorthanded goal from Andrei Markov and seemed to be in total control midway through the game. But along the way, something changed and it started with 20-year-old Boone Jenner.

A healthy scratch earlier in the season and a guy who's bounced around the last couple of games, Jenner was inserted for top-line duty in the absence of Marian Gaborik and he willed the Blue Jackets back into the game. 

His first NHL goal - a hard-working rebound at the front of the net - got the Jackets on the board in the second period and gave them some life. Ryan Johansen's first goal of the season made it a one-goal game entering the third period, and given a power play chance in the third, Columbus capitalized and again it was their relentless rookie forward.

A shot from the point got through and Price gave up a big rebound, allowing Jenner to get position in front and pull the puck to his backhand. One quick move and it was into the top shelf, pulling the game all square at 3-3 and making two points a legitimate possibility for the visitors. 

Instead it was a couple of mistakes that came back to haunt the Blue Jackets, and two shorthanded goals allowed are the most glaring. They're off to Washington to try and salvage the final game of this three-game swing. 




Even though it was a losing effort, the Blue Jackets' three-goal rally is indicative of the resolve they had throughout last season's playoff push. Down three in a tough building, other teams have packed it in but this group picked itself up and went back to work. You don't get points for trying in the NHL, but credit to the Blue Jackets for giving themselves a chance to salvage something from a poor start.



1. CAREY PRICE (MTL)
Not very often does a goaltender allow three goals and earn No. 1 star billing, but a) local media picks the three stars and b) he kept the Canadiens afloat during some shaky moments early in the game. He had stopped 101-of-103 previous shots entering the game and made timely stops when called upon. 

2. BOONE JENNER (CBJ)
A bizarre yet effective game for the 20-year-old rookie: a pair goals, nearly 21 minutes of ice time (20:14), six shots on goal but carried a -2 rating. Todd Richards said Jenner took a step forward tonight and did the same on Tuesday in Detroit, and he has been showing more glimpses of the player he can be. 

3. PK SUBBAN (MTL)
He's an electric player and one that teams have to watch out for whenever he has the puck, and Subban made things happen tonight - especially so in the first period. He recorded assists on Montreal's first two goals of the game and gave Columbus all kinds of trouble in the opening frame.




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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Dubinsky 4 1 5 1 6
J. Johnson 4 3 2 1 5
R. Johansen 4 2 3 0 5
B. Jenner 4 2 2 -2 4
M. Calvert 4 2 1 3 3
D. Savard 4 0 3 2 3
M. Letestu 4 1 1 -1 2
C. Atkinson 4 1 1 2 2
J. Wisniewski 4 0 2 -4 2
A. Anisimov 4 0 2 -1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 2 2 0 .900 3.22
 
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