Facing the worst team in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4 in a game filled with turnovers on Thursday.
The Canadian began the game suffering a suffocating blow from the head of Columbus that left the Montrealers lost.
Showing resilience, the Canadian tried to right the boat, but the chances Colón had during the game heralded an offensive game.
During a zone tackle in Montreal territory, Cole Sillinger fired a shot that accidentally deflected off Jordan Harris. For Sillinger’s goal, Brad Larsen’s men took just two shots into the net, one of which paid off for the American center.
A game that revolved around attacking gave way to robustness during this first period. A scramble behind the net by Samuel Montembeault set the stage for the remainder of the first intermission.
On many occasions, Mathieu Olivier applied various controls to Canadiens players to make his presence felt.
Sillinger, who had a good time in this game thanks to many Montreal-created turnovers, won a matchup in Habs territory and allowed Gustav Nyquist to double the Blue Jackets’ lead.
A difficult first period for coach Martin St-Louis who saw his team commit several turnovers in their territory and who had a hard time maintaining defensive stability.
“I think the first period was our worst period of the season,” Martin St-Louis said. We were lucky it was only 2-0. »
From the opening seconds of the second half, the Canadian secured a counterattack orchestrated by Evgenii Dadonov and Josh Anderson, but failed to hit the target.
Martin St-Louis’s speech lashed out at his players since from the outset, Cole Caufield took advantage of Johnny Gaudreau’s turnaround to perform a lightning shot that failed to disrupt Korpisalo’s vigilance.
“During the second half I was convinced that we were not going to lose this game, because we regained control. We spent a lot of time in their area and created a lot of chances. But it’s not an easy league and when you start late, it’s going to hurt,” St-Louis said.
Again Monahan and Xhekaj collided with Korpisalo who did not relent and allowed his team to stay in the match. As the pace shifted to the Canadian’s side, Sillinger continued to be the most threatening by taunting Montembeault, but to no avail.
The Canadian’s best chance was for Christian Dvorak: he got away from Korpisalo who failed to frustrate him, as he touched the post.
Everything seemed to be going well for Montreal, but Evgenii Dadonov was ejected for a cross check, giving the Blue Jackets a chance to widen the gap. However, they failed to realize their opportunity.
Although Columbus had plenty of chances from Nyquist and Sillinger, Montreal held its own and was rewarded with its third line. Late in the second half, the Habs managed to tie the game, after some good work from Brendan Gallagher, who allowed Josh Anderson to reset the counters on the power play. For Anderson, this is his fifth goal in a Canadian uniform.
Early in the third period, Montreal continued their good work by passing and shooting Korpisalo into the net, but Korpisalo kept his team in the game.
When David Savard went down in the middle of the ice, Johnny Gaudreau launched the Blue Jackets’ fast break that allowed their captain, Boone Jenner, to restore the lead to his team, after a three in a row assisted by Kent Johnson.
Jenner’s goal gave Ohio’s formation wings by multiplying checks and bombarding Montembeault’s net.
A superb sequence started by Mike Hoffman allowed Dvorak to serve perfectly to Brendan Gallagher, who managed to disrupt the Columbus Blue Jackets goalie. The fiery Canadian striker, who provided plenty of energy throughout the game, scored his third goal of the season.
While Montreal closed the gap thanks to Gallagher, Columbus rallied from behind, as Sean Kurally’s individual action allowed Columbus to regain control in this encounter. Kurally scored his fourth goal of the season thanks to an assist from defender Eric Robinson.
His teammate Mathieu Olivier, who had a strong game in terms of robustness, stood out once again, but in the offensive sector when he opened his match against the season with his first goal of the season.
This attacking game continued a few seconds after Olivier’s goal. Nick Suzuki capitalized on some good work from Kirby Dach and Johnathan Kovacevic to close the gap to one goal in the third half.
Colón continued to pummel Montreal with his attacks and was rewarded for his relentlessness. Kurally took advantage of a dangerous jump near the ramp to get ahead of Montembeault and outwit the Quebec goalie.
“That’s why they beat me. If I go 100%, I don’t doubt that… I arrived late and they hit me on the side”, says Montembeault.
The two teams that shot at each other throughout the match continued to attack the net until the very last second of the match. Columbus came close to inflicting a seventh goal on Montreal, but the third period came to an end.
For Montreal, this is the second loss in a row.
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