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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 wrister.

"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 short-lived advantage.

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 winner.

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 first period.

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 first.

Neither team was able to break the deadlock in the second period as Mason made seven saves in the frame while Halak stopped eight.

Game Notes

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

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