2-1 OT LOSS FOR HABS
Blue Jackets score early
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.