Liveblog: Game 71 – Columbus wins tight one

Winning streak ends

And the race for playoff spots tightens.

Columbus is in a more desperate battle – and they played like it.

The Blue Jackets are big, fast and physical. They dominated play for long stretches.

The spectacular Ryan Johansen scored the third-period winner after a brutal Jarred Tinordi turnover.

Brandon Dubinsky and Derek MacKenzie scored the other Columbus goals.

Brendan Gallagher, on a first-period power play, and Thomas Vanek got the Canadiens' goals.

Columbus outshot the home side 40-27.

One mistake

Jarred Tinordi bobbled the puck in the vicinity of Ryan Johansen.

Not a good idea.

Johansen, who had played a spectacular game, beat Carey Price for the winner.

Full value for their lead

Columbus is winning all the little battles and got the only goal of the second period, from Brandon Dubinsky.

Visitors outshot the Canadiens 13-7, 29-19 over 40 minutes.

The Canadiens' PK killed a two-man disadvantage.

Terrific 20 minutes

The game got off to a roaring start when Carey Price stopped Cam Atkinson on a breakawy eight seconds in.

That was the first of 16 shots the visitors directed at Price. The Canadiens had a dozen on Sergei Bobrovsky.

Brendan Gallagher got the Canadiens on the board with his 18th, a power-play goal from close in.

Derek MacKenzie tied it off a set play: After the Canadiens iced the puck on a power play, Mark Letestu won a faceoff and got off a shot that Price bobbled. MacKenzie crashed the net and batted it home.

Max Paciorett and Ruyan Johansen had a spirited fight that ended with the Blue Jacket on the deck.

Hello, Columbus

The Canadiens have won both previous meetings with the Blue Jackets: 5-3 at the Bell Centre on Oct. 17 and 3-2 at Columbus on Nov. 15.

David Desharnais's Shootout goal in the second game is credited with kick-starting his season.

Well, that and being dissed by Montreal mayor Denis Coderre.

Columbus is desperately fighting for a playoff spot, and the Blue Jackets have garnered 13 points in their last 18 games.

The Canadiens are riding a three-game winning streak and sit seven points north of the cutoff for postseason berths.

Columbus forward lines: Jenner-Johansen-Horton, Foligno-Anisimov-Tropp, Calvert-Dubinsky-Atkinson, MacKenzie-Letestu-Comeau

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

Fan brawl of the season


  1. Maritime Ronn says:

    2-2 tampa ottawa
    Detroit 1 Pitt 0

  2. kempie says:

    These CBJ Fox announcers really need to calm the F. down.

  3. db says:

    I’m glad we have Parros, even having him in the press box during the playoffs can influence the other team.

  4. Storman says:

    Chucky has to start finishing some of his chances,,,confidence baby

  5. Mondou6 says:

    Do we lead the NHL in short-handed goals given up? If not, we have to be in the top 3.

  6. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    DD is wicked smart with the biscuit.

  7. Peter Young says:

    Brilliant, brilliant Deharnais.

  8. Danno says:

    This is turning into a dirty little game


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  9. RockinRey says:

    Chucky cant buy a goal!!

  10. piter says:

    That Johansen has been running around taking pot shots all night. Check from behind on Emelin, cross checks, sitting on Subban. What an idiot. Maybe Moen? White? Someone will send the message not to fight our scorers.

    • marvin20 says:

      Montreal always has this problem. If they want to be successful they need stand up for each other. Teams notice this and feel they can do what ever they want with no consequences, because Montreal has to much class to address the situation with authority. They miss Murray, remember how he went after John Scott when he touched Price. Murray gets bashed a lot but he has his teammates back 100% and is scared of nobody

  11. Mondou6 says:

    I love how you can get a slashing penalty for tapping someone’s stick, but it’s almost impossible to get a cross-checking penalty for giving a two hander to someone’s spine.

  12. jmac21 says:

    How does the ref miss the cross check
    Good on Patches to standup for himself

  13. icemachine says:

    Nice seeing Max not willing to take any guff off Johansen

  14. Da Hema says:

    How was that cross-check not a penalty?????

  15. Black Horse says:

    PK is not great in his own end nor are the rest of the D.

  16. habs-fan-84 says:

    I don’t think Patch won that Boone (unless you count the takedown as a win), but I like the tenacity!

  17. monmick says:

    White, Moen or Weise needed to do their job before this happened…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  18. boing007 says:

    Get rid of the instigator rule. For good.

    Richard R

  19. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Dumb decision…

  20. danhabsfan says:

    Why wasn’t the cross check called

  21. Maritime Ronn says:

    8th short handed goal against on the PP
    5th worst in the NHL

  22. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pac? Cmon do not get hurt….

  23. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Dd wave got scored on…on the pp

  24. RockinRey says:

    That was a cluster. Harmless play that turns into and adventure.

  25. Black Horse says:

    Price did not bobble the puck, it was a great save!

  26. duffy says:

    Was that Subban trying to play goal?

  27. Da Hema says:

    Oh my God…!

  28. Peter Young says:


  29. Seda Moss says:

    Never seen that before.

  30. monmick says:

    Set play…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  31. habs-fan-84 says:

    icing on a PP, just ridiculous.

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Way to go DD…

  33. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Play plekanec gallagher and chucky on pp! Cmon

  34. jmac21 says:

    Weird we score with kids and come back with DD

  35. danhabsfan says:

    What was that?

  36. monmick says:

    White should pay a little visit to Johansen…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  37. Danno says:

    Do my eyes deceive me? Refs giving us another PP?


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  38. danhabsfan says:

    Soft calls tonigt

  39. Peter Young says:

    Wowzeroo, the boys shine at both ends of the ice. And the PP comes to life even without the top scorers.

  40. johnnylarue says:

    The PP looks good again all of a sudden. I like “Pleky and his Gals” for the 2nd wave.

    Could it be that igniting our offence was just a matter of taking offensive ice time away from Gionta? Kinda sorta looks that way.

  41. HabFan in Edmonton says:

    I am finding myself cheering for Ottawa tonight, man is that weird!

  42. Harditya says:

    CAREY!!! WOW

  43. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    Minus Price it’s at least 4-1.

  44. slapshot777 says:

    What a perfect time for the Habs to get the PP back on track again.

  45. UKRAINIANhab says:

    It is fun.

  46. habs-fan-84 says:

    Wow, what a stop by Price!

  47. duffy says:

    Gallagher , right in his Favorite spot !

  48. habs-fan-84 says:

    That was Chucky wasn’t it?

  49. Harditya says:


  50. Texus says:

    You’re an embarrassment to the department BOBROVSKY!!!

  51. danhabsfan says:

    It’s Gally, how can it be a high stick,

  52. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pleky!! What a pass

  53. Danno says:

    Can we have 12 Gallaghers please?


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  54. RockinRey says:

    Nice effort by Chucky….and Gally!

  55. CJ says:

    Funny, that’s a penalty. Last week, in almost the same spot, Lucic hit Emelin yet nothing was called. Lucic even left his feet.

    PS Goal!

  56. Mavid says:

    honey badger!!

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  57. monmick says:

    Gallys should play together…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  58. Rudy says:

    You gotta work for it boys!

  59. UKRAINIANhab says:

    PLEKY made that

  60. Seda Moss says:


  61. Max says:

    These are not your grandfather’s Blue Jackets.

  62. Maritime Ronn says:

    Sorry, but that was no penalty

  63. danhabsfan says:

    Where would tis team be without Price?

  64. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Yet another young player making his mark on the league. Johansen. Chucky needs to get errr going

  65. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Tighten up geez

  66. Maritime Ronn says:

    Who blinks first?
    Vezina Bobrovski?
    Golden Price?

  67. danhabsfan says:

    These forwards are turning our D inside out

  68. Rudy says:

    Nice far juicy rebound there on the last shot on Bob

  69. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Pleks is pissed these days .

  70. Maritime Ronn says:

    The ref gave Max the benefit on the 1st hold…not the 2nd one

  71. smiler2729 says:

    My wife is a diehard crazy Blue Jackets fan… I watch a lot of their games, they’re a relentless tight team.

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  72. w.p.d says:

    MT looks more constipated than usual tonight. Normally don’t see this look until the 3rd period.

  73. Black Horse says:

    My word, the Montreal D is just horrendous.

  74. Danno says:

    Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?


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