Habs: Price Leads The Way As Montreal Edges Columbus 5-3
Montreal - Inspired by Carey Price and despite the fact that there were many key players missing in the lineup, the Canadiens found a way to come back in the third frame and cash in two points in a 5-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Montreal was dominated for the first two periods and they certainly can thank goaltender Carey Price who offered, again, a stellar performance stopping 33 shots.
Trailing 3-2 after forty minutes, Jacques Martin's troops probably took advantage of a tired Columbus team who suffered a 7-4 loss to the Rangers in New York the night before.
"Price allowed us to stay in the game, said head coach Martin. He's been constant in the last few games and his work brings results"
Defense man Marc-André Bergeron, who was signed for his offensive abilities, registered two goals, one of which turned out the winning goal. Montreal harvested a seventh point in its eight last games. Bergeron who has now five goals since he joined the team, directed eight shots on Columbus' goaltender Mathieu Garon.
"With all the problems and the situation with our injured players, we keep gathering point, said Bergeron. It is when I am in the attacking zone that I realize my best plays."
Glen Metropolit's fifth goal of the season tied the game at the beginning of the third frame.
The day after he saw his good friend Guillaume Latendresse pack his bags to Minnesota, Max Lapierre played one of his best games since the beginning of the season. He scored the last goal for Montreal.
Mike Cammalleri was the first to score for the Habs. It was his twelfth goals of the season. Meanwhile Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec each ended the game with two assists. Plekanec has had at least one point in his last four games.
Antoine Vermette, with two goals, and Anton Stralman scored for the Blue Jackets.
A few seconds after Cammalleri's goal in the first period, Rick Nash, delivered a superb back hand pass to Antoine Vermette, who scored his first, to bring the two teams to square one.
Defense man Anton Stralman put his team ahead while Josh Gorges was serving a penalty. Stralman also added an assist.
After Bergeron's first goal of the night, Antoine Vermette capitalized on Travis Moen's Penalty for his second of the night and a second power play goals for the Blue Jackets. Moen who was hit from behind by XXL size Rick Nash, retaliated and Mohen got called for roughing. There was no doubt that Nash's hit should have been called but he got away with it and drew Moen's penalty by giving a great acting performance.
Then it was all Montreal who scored three unanswered goals to take the "W".
J.T. Wyman, who played his first NHL game, joined Kyle Chipchura and Sergei Kostitsyn. It was the end of Sergei's purgatory in Hamilton.
Used in a few occasions on the power play, Sergei Kostitsyn assisted on Maxime Lapierre's goal. He ended the game with a plus-2 rating.
Jaroslav Spacek, Scott Gomez, new comer Benoît Pouliot, injured, and Georges Laraque, suspended, did not play.
The Canadiens is playing the Penguins in Pittburgh tonight.
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