NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Columbus|
(Friday, November 7th)
Final Score: Columbus 4, Montreal 3 (SO)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Kristin Huselius scored the game-winner in
the shootout, as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3,
at Nationwide Arena.
Huselius was the first shooter and his quick wrister beat Jaroslav Halak low
to the left side. Alex Tanguay had the first shot for Montreal, but he lost
control of the puck and Mason deflected it wide.
Derick Brassard then made it a 2-0 advantage in the shootout as he went
backhand-to-forehand and slid the puck past the outstretched right pad of
Halak. Steve Mason then preserved the win as he stopped Andrei Kostitsyn's
"The first one almost went in but I got a little piece of it and it just went
right," Mason said of the shootout. "The second, he shot five-hole -- and I
saw him looking there so I was pretty prepared for that one. I dropped down
quick enough and the rest is history."
R.J. Umberger, Fredrik Modin and Marc Methot each lit the lamp for the Blue
Jackets, who have won their last two games. Mason made 34 saves in the win.
Tanguay, Patrice Brisebois and Sergei Kostitsyn each had a goal for the
Canadiens, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. Halak stopped 25 shots
in the loss.
The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead at the 2:51 mark of the third as Brisebois' low
shot along the ice found its way between the pads of Mason, but it was a
On a 3-on-2 rush, Rick Nash threw a pass from the left boards across the ice
to the late man Methot, who snapped a wrister into the net at the 5:21 mark.
Moments later, Fedor Tyutin blasted a shot on net from the left point that
went wide, but Modin was there to knock the puck out of mid-air and past Halak
for a 3-2 lead.
"We turned the puck over a few times in the neutral zone and they took
advantage of it. We had too many penalties and killed the momentum," Canadiens
head coach Guy Carbonneau said.
Montreal, though, tied the game with 40.9 seconds left in the game. Andrei
Kostitsyn worked the puck out from down low and, as he was skating behind the
net from the right side, he backhanded it to the low right side where his
brother, Sergei, one-timed it in.
Columbus ended the overtime on the power play, but was unable to net the
Columbus got on the board first as Jason Chimera's low shot from the slot was
stopped and Umberger was there to bang in the rebound at the 6:52 mark of the
However, Montreal tied the game on the power play as Tanguay knocked the puck
in from the left side after a flurry in front of the net with 4:52 left in the
Neither team was able to break the deadlock in the second period as Mason made
seven saves in the frame while Halak stopped eight.
Montreal visits Toronto on Saturday...The Blue Jackets welcome Calgary to
Columbus on Saturday...Umberger has a four-game goal streak...Columbus has won
its past two games against Montreal...Montreal went 2-for-7 on the power play
while Columbus failed to score on any of its eight chances...The Blue Jackets
have picked up at least a point in five straight games, going 3-0-2.
11/08 00:06:26 ET