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. danhabsfan says:

    This could be scary. Can we get a shorty?

  2. db says:

    Price, you got this.

  3. johnnylarue says:

    This is gonna be tough…

  4. Harditya says:

    Second time a player just skates by through the zone..

  5. MICP says:

    I’ll say it now, 3-1… Over

  6. Maritime Ronn says:

    Again the 2 Dmen caught flat footed on the blue lie.
    Same happened against Colorado

    • CJ says:

      Exactly. Same two players. I can’t imagine three more years of Marky. The General still flashes signs of brilliance, but oh boy, it’s ring around the rosie in our end.

  7. Prop says:

    That’ll win you many games…


  8. monmick says:

    Hemsky just scored a highlight reel goal in Ottawa…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  9. johnnylarue says:

    Does LeTestTube know who his biological parents are?

  10. Phil C says:

    BS Penalty.

  11. Seda Moss says:

    That’s a penalty, but the cross-check + interference on Patches isn’t. NHL officiating is so whack.

  12. Danno says:

    nice one…


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  13. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Soffffftttttt callll

  14. Texus says:

    wowwww, puck was right there!

  15. hockeydoc says:

    CBJ gain the Canadiens zone so easily, no resistance

  16. Bash says:

    MT was still asleep when he opted to sit Murray tonight. Too bad Prust is out as well.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  17. Habbu says:

    Scary to think what life would be like without Carey……

  18. RockinRey says:

    CBJ Goal here? Is that Good night?

  19. Maritime Ronn says:

    Only reason why it’s close is Carey

  20. Danno says:



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  21. kalevine says:

    I thought Dubinsky was a dud this year…he looks pretty good

  22. boing007 says:

    PK on the PK. Need a shorthanded goal.

    Richard R

  23. Black Horse says:

    Oh what Carey Price could do with actual D in front of him. Oh wait we seen that in Sochi.

  24. db says:

    I’d like to see us tie this up in the next 10 minutes… cmon boys

  25. Cdnman1 says:

    Price is sharp.

  26. Mondou6 says:

    This looks like the same as previous years where teams are gooning our players, and we have no answer.

    We see Price getting run a lot recently, the Bruins attacked Emelin, tonight Pacioretty. Who is our muscle, Ryan White? I guess we learned nothing from watching Eller getting put in the hospital last year.

  27. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Alright lets go

  28. showey47 says:

    Did he just go FULL WEAVER?

  29. boing007 says:

    Dream Weaver.

    Richard R

  30. Habbu says:

    Columbus looking hungry while Habs look content to try and keep it close until 5 minutes to go then they’ll turn it up a notch

  31. Cdnman1 says:

    Nice hit. PK

  32. stevieray says:

    Welcome to the Bell Center Mr. Comeau …THUMP !!

  33. CJ says:

    We just got a penalty for being small and weak. I’ve never seen that before.

  34. Prop says:

    PK turned his innards into goo.


  35. D Mex says:

    Now watch the BS … after a legal hit.

  36. kalevine says:

    this is reminding me of the Phoenix game. An opponent that looks like they can be taken, and a Habs team that can’t take advantage.

  37. jmac21 says:

    DD line again 2-1

  38. monmick says:

    I think Françoise David could play left wing…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  39. habs-fan-84 says:

    Frankly, we haven’t looked good defensively all year, but all of a sudden we look absolutely atrocious.

  40. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’m absolutely torn between watching this game and the Quebec leaders debate


  41. Maritime Ronn says:

    Columbus hits everything it sees
    Outhitting Habs 27-8

  42. Black Horse says:

    PK gets manhandled thus knocking Price off balance. Typical Montreal D.

  43. Habbu says:

    D zone coverages are non existent

  44. UKRAINIANhab says:

    DD line slightly off right now

  45. CJ says:

    Frankie with the widest turn I’ve ever seen.

  46. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if I was a kid today living in Quebec, I believe I would tape a picture of Polly Marois on My garage door to practice My slapshot

  47. Mavid says:

    common boys

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  48. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Dd -2

  49. Maritime Ronn says:

    Tampa 3 Ottawa 2
    Detroit 2 Pitt 0

  50. Seda Moss says:

    Does a bad dump count as a turnover?

  51. Davey93 says:

    Is galchenyuk on the fourth line?….

  52. HabsKid says:

    Ugh! Eller!

  53. UKRAINIANhab says:


  54. CJ says:

    Colour me confused. Why is Chucky playing with White and Weise? I like those guys, but come on.

  55. Bash says:

    This has the feel of playoff physicality from CB. Interesting to see how we react in period 2.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  56. Danno says:

    OK boys…

    Time to make the donuts!


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  57. Ian Cobb says:

    MIKE, was it not Galchenyuk instead of Gallagher who scored.
    PK did not pick up his man off the face off that produced their goal;

  58. db says:

    I can’t seem to find 24CH online anywhere… does anybody have a link?

  59. RockinRey says:

    How’s the sep debate going Boone? Any chance to watch?

  60. CHicoHab says:

    Markov throws a pass not even close to DD’s stick on the pp. Misses by a mile. Ensuing face off jackets score. I put that wreck less pass on Markov instigates that goal.

  61. Frank2468 says:

    Good period just a little surprised that boys didn’t see that one coming with the face off in their zone on the PP. That’s the oldest trick in the book to slap the puck towards the net and it was a good shot as well. Don’t recall who took the face off but whoever that was lost that cleanly and a little to cleanly for my liking.

  62. Danno says:

    So many uncalled penalties. The refs are in playoff mode already it seems.


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  63. monmick says:

    Anyone else switching back and forth between the game and the leaders’ debate?


    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  64. Maritime Ronn says:

    The short handed goal against on the PP was the 8th this year against the Habs
    That now ranks the Habs 5th worst in the NHL

  65. Black Horse says:

    Am I the only one that saw no bobble by Price just a nice save?

  66. johnnylarue says:

    Next to seeing a guy carried out on a stretcher, shorties are the biggest hockey buzz kill I can think of. Well, shorties *against*, anyway…

    Columbus have a good team. The physicality is fine, though I do find their ‘edge’ borders on the goonish at times. #nathanhortoneffect

    Hope da boyz come out swingin’ after the break. A good second period will go a long way towards another W. A bad second period? Not so much.

    • CJ says:

      I agree Johnny. Short handed goals are killers. I don’t have the stat in front of me, but it seems that more short handed goals have been scored this season, league wide, than seasons past. Maybe perception vs reality?

    • Da Hema says:

      I thought they pushed back well after that bizarre/possibly remarkable shortie.

      • johnnylarue says:

        I think so too. And to their credit, it’s hard to single out a goat on that shortie. That was just a well executed draw/set play.

        Good game so far!

  67. Black Horse says:

    To icen the puck on a PP is …

  68. Maritime Ronn says:

    Outshot 16-12
    Outhit 20-5.

    Bow in front of Carey and chant
    We’re not worthy. We’re not worthy

  69. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Damn Markov, how the hell do you ice the puck when You’re on the powerplay? Damn.

  70. slapshot777 says:

    Good on the Habs, Columbus trying to intimidate the Habs and it’s not working. They get a fluky goal. Habs didn’t have a good first period. I am sure the Habs will make adjustments to start the second.

  71. boing007 says:

    Habs need Galchenyuk to start piling up the goals.

    Richard R

  72. Black Horse says:

    What a bunch of kids @ this site. Throwing insults when they disagree.

  73. Danno says:

    Frankly, I’m just thankful it isn’t 3-1 B.J.’s – or worse.


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  74. RockinRey says:

    dumbass message sending???

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