NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Columbus
(Tuesday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Montreal 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Mathieu Garon stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the year as Columbus shut down Montreal, 3-0, at Nationwide Arena.
Garon improved to 3-0-0 on the season, and held an opponent scoreless for the first time since his January 10 start against Dallas.
"It was a great game. 'Mat' was outstanding and we got off to a great start," said Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel. "We scored on the power play, our top line looked good and our role players were good. Anytime you get a shutout against a real good team like Montreal, it's a sign of growth for our team."
Rick Nash, Derick Brassard and Kyle Wilson tallied for the Blue Jackets, who have won four of five. Jakub Voracek added two assists.
Carey Price allowed all three goals on 24 shots for the Canadiens, losers in two straight after winning four in a row.
"I think we have some lines that are creating some opportunities and other lines are not," said Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin. "We just have to get back to playing strong away from the puck and be a little more direct in our attack."
Nash finished off a 2-on-1 from the right wing by snapping a wrister over the shoulder of Price to the far post for a 1-0 lead at 12:34 of the opening period.
It was 2-0 on a Columbus power play just 1:23 later when Brassard potted a cross-ice dish from Voracek at the right side.
Garon needed to make 10 stops in the first 20 minutes, then nine in the second period to keep the Habs off the board.
The Jackets went up 3-0 at the 6:22 mark of the third period as Wilson converted the rebound of a Jared Boll shot with a backhander.
Garon finished off his whitewash with a 10-save third stanza.
"We played a solid game. Like the game against Philadelphia, we got a two goal lead and it's a lot easier for a goalie to battle with a lead where you just have to protect the lead I think that is easier," said Garon of his mindset in net with a solid edge.
For Garon, a former second-round pick of the Canadiens in the 1996 draft, it was his 17th career shutout...Columbus has blanked Montreal three times at home since entering the league in 2000, with the two previous occasions being December 18, 2000 (2-0) and February 23, 2008 (3-0)...This was the second time Montreal has been blanked this season, after the Devils did so in a 3-0 decision on October 21...The last time the Habs were shut out on the road in the regular season came on January 27, 2010 at Tampa Bay.
11/02 23:51:47 ET