Good effort against tough team
Too bad you can't block shots in a Shootout.
The Canadiens set a record with 38 blocks through regulation and five minutes of Overtime. But the Blues won 3-2.
Outhit and outplayed through the first period, the Canadiens fell behind 1-0 on Alexander Steen's 13th goal of the season.
Second period goals by Rene Bourque (his fifth) and rookie Michaël Bournival sent the Canadiens into an unlikely lead.
It lasted 11;31 into the third period. A long shot ticked off a few bodies before Chris Stewart tipped it past Carey Price for his second goal of the season.
The Canadiens had a chance to win late, but Tomas Plekanec missed a penalty shot awarded after David Backes knocked the St. Louis net off its moorings.
Overtime was scoreless, although the visitors had the better chances.
T.J. Oshie scored the only goal St. Louis would need in he Shootout, as Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty were stopped by Jaro Halak.
First Shootout of the season
Five minutes of scoreless OT, with St. Louis having most of the possession.
Oshie: Shelf goal
Gallagher: Easy save
Blues tie it
A weird shot riccheted off several players before Chris Stewart tipped it behind Carey Price.
With less than a minute left, the Canadiens were awarded a penalty shot ... but Tomas Plekanec shot high. First OT of the season
Canadiens strike back
Outplayed badly in the first period but trailing only 1-0, the Canadiens got goals from Rene Bourque (his fifth) and rookie Michaël Bournival (fourth) to take an unlikely lead.
Shots in the period were 9-9.
The Canadiens hav blocked 24 shots and their penalty-kill is perfect on the night.
Four Blues have blocked shots, 13 Canadiens ... led by Douglas Murray with six.
The Bell Centre held its collective breath when P.K. Subban went to the Canadiens dressing room with what appeared to be a wrist injury.
But he returned shortly after.
Blues strike early
The game was less than three minutes old when St. Louis captain David Backes bodied Douglas Murray off the puck behind the Canadiens net and fed a pass to Alexander Steen, alone in front.
Steen promptly scored his 13th of the young season, and for a while it looked like St. Louis would run the Canadiens out of the Bell Centre.
The home side didn't register a shot on Jaro Halak until the game was almost nine minutes old.
But the Canadiens weathered the early storm, including three penalty kills.
Shot tally was 9-7.
Looking to bounce back
Your Montreal Canadiens ride their two-game losing streak into a tough challenge.
St. Louis has an 8-2-2 record and a plus-15 goal differential. The Blues are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
The Canadiens are 8-7 and have scored 10 more goals than they've allowed. They are 5-5 over a 10-game span.
Both teams have shuffled their forward lines.
St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock has broken up the high-scoring line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie. Chris Stewart will join Backes and Steen, while Oshie plays with Derek Roy and Vladimir Sobotka.
With David Desharnais a healthy scratch, Michel Therrien will use Alex Galchenyuk at centre between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Lars Eller – whom the Canadiens obtained in the trade that sent Jaro Halak to St. Louis – will centre Rene Bourque and Louis Leblanc. And Hamilton call-up Martin St. Pierre will play with Ryan White and George Parros. The Tomas Plekanec line, with Brian Gionta and Michaël Bournival, remains intact.
• Pre-game reading: Stephen Harper's hockey book
• Pre-game giggling: MT takes his boys for a spin