The biggest game in Nationwide Arena in years occurred tonight, with the Montreal Canadiens coming to town to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in a battle for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Jackets needed a win to keep their playoff dreams realistic headed into the final ten days of the season.
Here’s what happened.
Brett Kulak opened the scoring 1:15 into the game as Montreal dominated the opening moments of the game.
Columbus finally got a shot on goal more than halfway through the period. So there’s that.
David Savard equalized on a deflection off of Carey Price to give the Jackets life with just 1:42 gone in the second.
After a trash hit from Andrew Shaw that took out Adam McQuaid, Jeff Petry scored a trash goal that Sergei Bobrovsky should have had with 8:36 gone in the second.
With 8:25 remaining in the second, Oliver Bjorkstrand tipped in a Seth Jones shot to again equalize the score at two. It was the Maestro’s third goal in three games.
Just seconds later, Matt Duchene found Artemi Panarin, and his one timer gave Columbus their first lead of the night.
On a breakaway after a Canadiens turnover, Riley Nash forced a Price save but he found the loose puck and buried it behind Price to make it 4-2.
Minutes later, Montreal was caught flat-footed and Bjorkstrand beat Price on a feed from Dean Kukan to make it 5-2.
Brandon Dubinsky’s empty netter iced it.
Montreal Canadiens 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 6
Back in the playoffs as things stand with five games to go. Let’s do that hockey, boys.