Pierre-Luc Dubois has fun against the Canadian
COLUMBUS – Pierre-Luc Dubois had three points and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
Dubois found the back of the net twice and prepared the eventual winning goal for Emil Bemstrom, helping the Blue Jackets (8-8-4) score three goals in the third period. The Ohio troupe signed a second win in a row.
The Canadian (11-6-4) did not play badly in the first 40 minutes of the game, but he collapsed in the third period following a bizarre goal. The Blue-White-Red suffered a second setback and lost for the sixth time in seven visits to Columbus since the 2015-16 season.
“I think we had a lot of chances to score. Brendan Gallagher, Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia escaped, but the difference was that we did not succeed in making our chances a reality, “said Montreal coach Claude Julien.
Bemstrom put the needle on at 6:54 of the third period to give his team a 3-2 lead. Alone in front of Carey Price, the Blue Jackets forward took a shot from the back who missed the net, but the puck came back to reach the goalkeeper of the Tricolore and cross the red line.
Eric Robinson and Boone Jenner also moved the strings for the Blue Jackets, which saw goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo block 30 pucks in the win.
Artturi Lehkonen and Joel Armia responded for the Canadian. Price concluded the match with 21 saves in 26 shots. Due to injuries to Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron, Suzuki played with Max Domi and Armia.
“The trio seemed more comfortable. We must also give them time to build a small chemistry. It’s only been two games, Julien said. I am not disappointed with this trio. You have to be patient with them. ”
Claude Julien’s men will soon be able to forget the loss as they return to Montreal to host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
“We can look for all the reasons we want to explain the defeat, I think we had two good periods abroad and the score was 2-2,” said captain Shea Weber. We had the opportunity to win, but we were not good in the third period. ”
Maybe the score could have been different if we had scored on our chances, but there were times when our goalkeeper made sure that the score
The Blue Jackets opened the scoring early in the game, but not without the Canadian getting a great opportunity to score from the first seconds.
Gallagher took advantage of a turnaround to sneak behind the opposing defense, but the Tricolore striker stumbled at Korpisalo. A little more than a minute later, Robinson accepted a pass from David Savard to deceive Price’s vigilance with a shot on receipt. Just one week ago, Robinson had his first NHL career goal at the Bell Center.
The Montreal team knocked on the door a few times during the hunt and had to wait until the last minutes before leveling the mark. Defender Brett Kulak spotted Phillip Danault in the corner of the ice and the latter made a great cross pass to Lehkonen, who scored his third goal of the campaign.
The Canadiens had a slow start to the second period, but he still took the lead at 4:29. Ben Chiarot tried to get rid of Bemstrom along the line and after a half-turn, the defender sent the puck to the net. Armia, well placed in front of Korpisalo, deflected the disc to end his scoreless scoreless nine games.
The home team, however, took advantage of a defensive scramble to tie the game before returning to the locker room. Tomas Tatar and Chiarot missed communication behind the goal line and Bemstrom applied great pressure to push the puck into the slot. Dubois snapped a sharp shot that misled Price’s vigilance on the blocker side.
LONG ABSENCES FOR BYRON AND DROUIN
We know more about the absence of forwards Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron at the Montreal Canadiens.
The club confirmed Tuesday that Drouin and Byron will be absent for a minimum of eight and four weeks respectively.
Drouin underwent surgery on a wrist on Monday. The operation was performed by Dr. Ed Harvey at the Montreal General Hospital. The striker suffered the injury on Nov. 15 in the third period of the Capitals game in Washington.
Big start of the season
The 24-year-old skater knew an early season. In 19 games, Drouin scored 15 points, including seven goals, in addition to posting a +4 rating.
Byron was operated on one knee by Dr. Thierry Pauyo in Montreal. He also suffered this injury in the third period of the game against the Capitals.
Byron, 30, scored four points (1-3-4) in 19 games with a +3 rating.