Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The goalkeeper Carey Price was playing a second game after being held out of the game due to injury.
Carey Price delivered a second-grade performance in as many outings, and he helped the Montreal canadiens to pull off a victory of 3-1 to the Blue Jackets in Columbus Monday night at the Bell Centre.
Price, who had shut out the Blue Jackets 1-0 on 28 February 2017 at the Bell Centre, was pushed out of 37 shots, a performance that has allowed the Canadian to put an end to the sequence of six wins for the visitors.
Only Pierre-Luc Dubois (4th) has managed to stay a puck behind Price, who really gives the impression of having found his or her means.
Brendan Gallagher (10th) and Jonathan Drouin (4th), the digital advantage, beat Sergei Bobrovsky, who faced 27 shots.
Andrew Shaw (5th) sealed the outcome of the game by scoring into an empty net with 1:24 to play in regulation time.
This is the first time that the Canadian scored his first two goals in an interval of about five minutes, and had his best moments of the meeting.
In fact, with a little more skill around the opposition’s net, the Canadian would have been able to add to its lead and straight out the Blue Jackets the game, the ones who seemed strangely disorganized in their territory.
This was not the case, and thereafter, the men of Claude Julien have had their precious goalkeeper stand up like a wall in front of the repeated shootings of the Blue Jackets, especially in the second period.
Helped by three minor penalties imposed on the Canadian during the first eight minutes of the engagement, the Blue Jackets have got six of their 18 shots in the second twenty with the benefit of a man, of which several are of quality that came from the mouth of the net Price.
In fact, it took a game to look rather unremarkable for Dubois to allow the Blue Jackets to register the mark late in the second period.
The visitors continued to impose themselves at the beginning of the third twenty, and controlled the territorial space, to the point to concede that two shots harmless to the Tricolour during the first ten minutes.
It took a minor penalty to Nick Foligno in the middle of the third period for the attack of the Canadian to regain a bit of power. It has, however, been unable to add a third goal that would have allowed him to breathe a little more comfortable.
Gallagher came close to doing it, a few seconds before the end of the punishment to Foligno, but Bobrovsky has made his best stop of the match.
Immediately after this punishment, the Blue Jackets were able to deploy their numerical advantage for the fifth time of the evening, and once again, they were unable to defeat the Price in these circumstances.
With the win, the Habs doubled up the Ottawa Senators in the general classification of the Association Is. The two teams will face each other Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.