It just wasn’t enough on this night for the Montreal Canadiens as they fall 3-2 to the visiting Blue Jackets.
But spending half the third period in the penalty box didn’t help. Either did the shorthanded goal the Canadiens allowed in the first period.
But it’s over now and we move on and concentrate on Saturday’s meet and greet with the Leafs at the ACC.
The guys were good on the penalty kill though as the Blue Jackets went 0/8 on the power play and the Canadiens also killed a big 5 on 3 and a four minute high sticking infraction to Tomas Plekanec.
But too many penalties. Six to Columbus’ two in the last two periods, including a too-many-men, which always sucks.
They still managed to make a game o f it, even though the fine-looking Blue Jackets team had lots of chances which caused Carey Price to sprawl desperately all over the place far too often.
It was 1-0 Habs on the power play in the first period after Brendan Gallagher’s rebound hit a Columbus player and went in, and it became tied at two in the third period when Thomas Vanek once again got the crowd roaring after a nice one-timer set up by Max.
But Columbus would take the lead, hold it, and Montreal’s winning streak, which sat at three games, comes to an abrupt end.
Can’t win ’em all.
Columbus had lots of shots – 40 to 27, and the Canadiens kept it close anyway.
Lars Eller was awarded a penalty shot but failed to score. It would’ve tied it at that point, but Vanek would get it done not long after.
Max was in a fight with Ryan Johansen, Max’s fourth career fight and his first in 790 days. He also got the better of Johansen, who was dangerous all evening it seemed. This is a great young player, a B.C. boy from Port Moody, which is just east of Vancouver..
Next up – Toronto on Saturday. It goes without saying that the Canadiens need to grab two points and help drive another nail into the Leafs’ coffin.