A goal by Alex Galchenyuk on the powerplay at 3:53 of the overtime helped the Montreal Canadiens pull out a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at the Bell Center.
As he had the day before in New Jersey, Galchenyuk scored with a powerful shot struck in the upper left, which gave Sergei Bobrovsky no chance during a punishment at Seth Jones.
Max Pacioretty has earned his 400th career point and Shea Weber, his 300th assist ever since joining the NHL.
The Canadian believed he had ended the spectacular duel after 71 seconds of overtime play.
Pacioretty came in alone ahead of Bobrovsky after a magnificent pass from andrei Markov. Pacioretty unleashed a shot that the Blue Jackets goalkeeper stopped but did not lock the puck, which remained in his semicircle.
Despite the presence of two opponents, Pacioretty tried to push the puck behind the red line, and the first televised resume seemed to prove him right. But after long minutes when the officials revised the game, they finally ruled that there was no goal, to the great displeasure of the spectators.
Faced with a formation that had beaten him in their last four duels, including this famous 10-0 defeat in early November in the capital of Ohio, and who had not played the day before unlike men Of Claude Julien, the Tricolore has delivered a solid performance from beginning to end.
The Montreal team gave very little opportunity to score against its dangerous opponents, who were in the top 5 in the NHL for the number of goals scored before the game.
In fact, Carey Price, who played a first game in nearly two years against the Blue Jackets, did not need to be spectacular. In total, he faced 26 shots and seemed in full control.
As for Bobrovsky, he received 30 pucks.
Before surrendering to Galchenyuk, the Blue Jackets goalkeeper had stopped the game at the expense of Max Pacioretty, with about four minutes remaining at regular time. The Blue Jackets goalkeeper stretched his left leg as much as he could to steal the Canadian captain with a certain goal after a great pass from defender Andrei Markov.
The Canadian’s next meeting will be Thursday night and it is most likely very much anticipated since PK Subban and the Nashville Predators will be visiting the Bell Center for the first time since the famous June 29th transaction.
The two teams met on one occasion already this season, January 3 in Nashville. The Canadian had snatched a 2-1 win in overtime, thanks to a last minute goal from Max Pacioretty. Subban did not take part in the game while he was treating an injury.
The Predators will train at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard starting at 1 pm Wednesday, and later in the afternoon, Subban will meet with journalists at a press conference to be held at approximately 2:30 pm at the Center Bell.