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Wild third interval ends with Blue Jackets beating Canadiens


Columbus 6, Montreal 4. Canadiens report falls to 8-8-1.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The final time the Canadiens have been at Nationwide Enviornment, head coach Martin St. Louis nearly jumped out of his pores and skin behind the bench when the cannon went off after the primary Blue Jackets aim.

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The cannon went off 5 occasions that night time on April 13 final season because the Canadiens misplaced 5-1 to the Blue Jackets.

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“Hopefully I don’t get scared tonight,” St. Louis mentioned after Thursday’s morning skate.

The cannon went off six occasions Thursday night time because the Canadiens misplaced 6-4 to the Blue Jackets.

Sean Kuraly had two objectives for the Blue Jackets (together with an empty-netter), whereas Cole Sillinger, Gustav Nyquist, Boone Jenner and Mathieu Olivier added singles.

Jordan Harris, Josh Anderson, Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki scored for the Canadiens, who outshot the Blue Jackets 42-29.

Sam Montembeault, making his sixth begin of the season in aim for the Canadiens, stopped 23 of the 28 photographs he confronted. Montembeault was 3-0-1 in his earlier 4 begins with a .937 save proportion.

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The Canadiens noticed their report fall to 8-8-1 with their second straight loss, whereas the Blue Jackets improved to 6-9-1 and are 3-0-1 of their final 4 video games.

Nationwide Enviornment has been a tricky place for the Canadiens to play for a very long time. The Blue Jackets are 8-1-0 of their final 9 dwelling video games towards the Canadiens. The final time the Canadiens received in Columbus was on Jan. 18, 2019, when Tomas Tatar and Joel Armia scored twice and Carey Worth made 34 saves for a 4-1 victory.

“I don’t actually bought a solution for you there,” Gallagher mentioned after the sport when requested in regards to the Canadiens’ struggles in Columbus. “They’ve been a extremely good staff. I don’t know what it’s, however definitely a rink that we haven’t had a lot success in.”

This was the primary sport in Columbus for the Canadiens’ 4 younger defencemen — Harris, Arber Xhekaj, Johnathan Kovacevic and Kaiden Guhle.

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“I just about bought used to (the cannon),” Anderson, who performed six seasons for the Blue Jackets, mentioned after the morning skate. “Hopefully we don’t hear it tonight. A few the younger guys are fairly conscious of it and we’ve talked about it.”

The Blue Jackets opened the scoring and the cannon went off for the primary time at 7:28 of the primary interval on what seemed like a innocent shot by Sillinger from the boards simply contained in the blue line. Montembeault made a stick save however the rebound hit Harris along side the web and the puck went in.

The Canadiens bought off to a sloppy begin, however seemed like they could get a lift after Xhekaj hit Liam Foudy with a stable and clear bodycheck with 4:17 left within the first interval that despatched the Blue Jackets ahead over the boards and into the Montreal bench. However solely 46 seconds later, the Blue Jackets went up 2-0 when Nyquist scored.

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St. Louis made some changes through the first intermission and the Canadiens had a significantly better second interval. Harris bought the Canadiens on the board on the 13:35 mark with first aim of the season and his second within the NHL.

The Canadiens have been on an influence play after they tied it 2-2 with Anderson scoring his fifth of the season towards his outdated staff with solely three seconds left on the clock within the second interval. It seemed like that will be it for the interval, however when the puck was dropped at centre ice Xhekaj and Olivier dropped the gloves. Xhekaj knocked Olivier’s helmet off with a punch, however ended up on the underside when the 2 gamers fell to the ice after a brief however spirited scrap.

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Arber Xhekaj (72) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Mathieu Olivier (24) fight at the end of the second period at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 17, 2022.
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Arber Xhekaj (72) and Columbus Blue Jackets proper wing Mathieu Olivier (24) combat on the finish of the second interval at Nationwide Enviornment in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 17, 2022. Photograph by Gaelen Morse /USA TODAY Sports activities

“That’s going to occur,” Gallagher mentioned about Xhekaj’s second NHL combat after he pummelled the Arizona Coyotes’ Zack Kassian within the fifth sport of the season. “He’s a tricky child and there’s a variety of robust guys on this league in order that stuff’s going to occur. He did rather well.”

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The Blue Jackets went up 3-2 at 6:36 of the third interval after Canadiens defenceman David Savard took a tumble on the offensive blue line whereas attempting to maintain the puck in, leading to a three-on-one the opposite method with Jenner ending the scoring play.

However the Canadiens didn’t quit — one thing they refuse to do that season — and Gallagher tied it 3-3 at 9:27 together with his third aim of the season. Solely 42 seconds later, Kuraly scored to place the Blue Jackets on prime once more after which Olivier made it 5-3 a minute later, earlier than Suzuki scored his eleventh of the season eight seconds after that in what was a wild third interval.

The injury-riddled Blue Jackets, who got here into the sport with the worst report within the Japanese Convention, clinched the victory when Kuraly scored an empty-netter at 17:47.

The Canadiens have been flying again to Montreal after the sport and can play the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday on the Bell Centre (7 p.m., Citytv, SNE, TVA Sports activities, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

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