Post Game: Canadiens 3, Blue Jackets 2 (SO)

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 9:50 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

CANADIENS 3 | BLUE JACKETS 2 (SO)
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The Blue Jackets' late-period goal bugaboo might have cost them two points tonight in a game they really needed to win.

Holding a 2-0 late in the dying seconds of the opening period, a puck management miscue gifted Alex Galchenyuk a mini-breakaway that he cashed in on, cutting the Jackets' lead to 2-1 just before the buzzer. A period full of energy, some good fortune, and a bit of relief was quickly muffled by the Montreal goal, and the visitors didn't need much time in the second period to wake up after a sloppy first period.


From the start of the second period, the Canadiens out-shot the Blue Jackets by a 26-11 margin and controlled large portions of the game. The Jackets were unable to beat Peter Budaj in the final 47:48 of regulation and overtime, and a squandered 5-on-3 opportunity earlier in the game didn't help their cause.

The lone goal in the shootout come in the second round from the shifty David Desharnais, who made his return to the Canadiens lineup this evening.

Curtis McElhinney was deservedly named the game's No. 1 star, making 38 saves and giving the Jackets every chance to hang around. His best work came in the second period when Montreal started to shift the momentum, but he wasn't too busy in overtime as the Blue Jackets dominated the sudden death session. Budaj, on the other hand, was good when he had to be despite a pair of fluky goals scored by the Jackets; he turned aside Mark Letestu, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Johansen - no slouches in the shootout - to nab the second point for the Canadiens.

The bottom line for the Jackets: they need to start getting the results. After tonight's loss, they've dropped eight of their past nine games but sit three points behind the third-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division.

With a five-game road trip through Canada on the horizon, it's time to find some solutions and begin the climb up the standings. 




Galchenyuk's goal - his fourth of the season - was a huge goal for the Canadiens and it seemed to get them engaged after a sleepy first period. Montreal was very good early in the second period and eventually capitalized on the power play later in the middle frame. The late-period goal was especially tough for the Jackets to handle tonight. 



1. CURTIS MCELHINNEY (CBJ)
After the first period, McElhinney was the only guy keeping the Jackets in this one. He stood tall in the second and third period, and finished the game with a save percentage of .950. That's all you can ask for from your goaltender.

2. LARS ELLER (MTL)
Eller was dominant in the face-off circle, winning 15-of-19 draws (79 percent) and scored a clutch goal for Montreal that tied the game in the second period.

3. DAVID DESHARNAIS (MTL)
In his return to the lineup, the creative Habs center was relatively quiet the entire night but scored the deciding goal in the shootout. 





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STANDINGS

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
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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