Game 12: Blue Jackets too tight for Canadiens

Canadiens’ Travis Moen gets checked into the goal by Blue Jackets’ Derek Dorsett Tuesday night. John Grieshop, Getty Images

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• At a Glance: Two first-period goals and some excellent netminding by Mathieu Garon were the difference Tuesday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Canadiens 3-0. Rick Nash, who had been struggling to find the back of net, didn’t have any problem beating Carey Price for his fourth goal of the season 12:34 into the first period. Columbus made it 2-0 a few minutes later when Derick Brassard scored on the power play into a wide open net after Price was caught out of position on a great pass from Jakub Voracek. Price made some great saves in the second period to keep his team in the game, but his teammates could not get one past Garon. Kyle Wilson made it 3-0 in the third period with a nice move on a 2-on-1 with Travis Moen the lone Canadien back after both defencemen had pinched. Garon finished with 29 saves to improve his record to 3-0 on the season.

• Key Moments: Special teams continue to be an issue for the Canadiens. Their power play went 0-for-3 while allowing a goal while shorthanded.

• What It Means: Montreal has lost two straight games for the first time this season and the Canadiens record drops to 7-4-1.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play two more games this week, on the road in Buffalo on Friday and a they receive a visit from the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

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