Blue Jack­ets score early

Montreal Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - STU COWAN scowan@post­media.com twit­ter.com/ StuCowan1

The Cana­di­ens have one of the worst of­fences in the NHL and it showed Tues­day night in a 2-1 over­time loss to the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets at the Bell Cen­tre.

Com­ing into the game, the Cana­di­ens had the NHL’s fourth-worst of­fence, av­er­ag­ing 2.50 goals per game. This has noth­ing to do with goalie Carey Price, who is out in­def­i­nitely with a lower-body in­jury, or his re­place­ment Char­lie Lindgren, who put in an­other solid per­for­mance.

Josh An­der­son scored for the Blue Jack­ets early in the first pe­riod and the Cana­di­ens’ Paul By­ron tied it up 1-1 at 12:14 of the third pe­riod, bang­ing a re­bound from a Shea We­ber shot past goalie Sergei Bo­brovsky.

Zach Weren­ski scored the win­ning goal at 1:09 of OT.

The Cana­di­ens out­shot the Blue Jack­ets 29-25. Quick start for Blue Jack­ets: An­der­son scored on the Blue Jack­ets’ sec­ond shot at 2:29 of the first pe­riod when he found some open space in front of Lindgren to bang in a re­bound off a point shot by de­fence­man Markus Nu­ti­vaara. The Cana­di­ens came out slug­gish and had only three shots on goal in the first 12 min­utes. Sec­ond-pe­riod snooze-fest: There wasn’t much ac­tion in the sec­ond pe­riod with Bren­dan Gal­lagher get­ting the Cana­di­ens’ first shot on goal at the 6:52 mark. The only ex­cite­ment came when By­ron was stopped on a short-handed break­away. Mete on the wing: The Cana­di­ens an­nounced Tues­day morn­ing that Art­turi Lehko­nen wouldn’t play be­cause of a lower-body in­jury and then Tor­rey Mitchell was a game-time scratch be­cause of the flu. That meant the Cana­di­ens had to dress seven de­fence­men and 11 for­wards. As a re­sult, rookie de­fence­man Vic­tor Mete found him­self play­ing left wing on the fourth line with Ja­cob De La Rose at cen­tre and By­ron Froese on the right. Busy press box: There were 15 NHL scouts and two GMs listed in the press-box seat­ing at the Bell Cen­tre. The two GMs were Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and Brad Tre­liv­ing of the Cal­gary Flames. GSP! GSP!: New UFC mid­dleweight champ Ge­orges St-Pierre re­ceived a huge ova­tion from the crowd when he was in­tro­duced at cen­tre ice be­fore the game. StPierre, re­turn­ing to the oc­tagon af­ter a four-year ab­sence, beat Michael Bisp­ing for the ti­tle at UFC 217 in New York on Nov. 4.

What’s next?: The Ari­zona Coy­otes are at the Bell Cen­tre Thurs­day night, fol­lowed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Satur­day.


Goalie Char­lie Lindgren fol­lows the puck as Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets cen­tre Boone Jen­ner tries to get his stick on a re­bound while de­fence­man Karl Alzner tries to clear the puck Tues­day night at the Bell Cen­tre. The Habs out­shot the Blue Jack­ets 29-25, but lost 2-1 in over­time.

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