MONTREAL (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored twice and added an help to elevate the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Montreal Canadiens Four-Three Sunday.
Vladislav Gavrikov and Gustav Nyquist additionally scored as Columbus swept the season collection. The Blue Jackets have picked up at the least a degree in eight straight video games.
“We didn’t play a full 60 minutes however we performed effectively sufficient to get the win,” Dubois stated. “At this level of the 12 months, when it’s only a race to make the playoffs, it’s an enormous win for us.”
Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves and improved to 10-2-Zero since changing injured starter Joonas Korpisalo.
“General the staff performed effectively,” Merzlikins stated. “We blocked pictures, which was superior. Even when it’s back-to-back after the break, we skated effectively and have been quick.”
Tomas Tatar, Max Domi and Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens, who stay eight factors out of a playoff spot with 28 video games left. Carey Worth began for the second straight day and stopped 23 of 26 pictures.
“You look across the league and groups come again from down two or three targets in a interval,” Weber stated. “The dialogue in right here was that it was undoubtedly attainable. If you happen to don’t imagine, it’s not going to occur. It didn’t occur tonight however there was perception in right here between durations. …”
“We couldn’t get it executed within the third.”
Each groups have been enjoying the second recreation of a back-to-back collection. Columbus misplaced 2-1 in time beyond regulation to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, and Worth beat the Florida Panthers Four-Zero.
The Jackets have topped the Canadiens in 4 straight video games, together with all three conferences this season.
Constructing off their spectacular shutout Saturday, the Canadiens have been robust out of the gate and jumped forward to a 7-1 benefit in pictures on objective.
Gavrikov scored the opener for Columbus at 12:45, a wrist shot from the faceoff dot for the defenseman’s fifth of the season. The play began when Dubois stole the puck from Ryan Poehling alongside the half wall.
Dubois beat Worth on a protracted breakaway from his personal blue line at Three:31. Weber’s aggressive pinch, and Tatar’s failure to trace again, led to Montreal’s defensive breakdown.
Tatar made up for the error six minutes later when he bought the Canadiens on the board. Tatar scored glove-side on Merzlikins, seconds after Nick Suzuki intercepted Dubois’s cross in his personal zone.
Tatar has six straight 20-goal seasons. He additionally grew to become the primary Canadiens participant since Brian Gionta to attain 20 targets in his first two seasons with Montreal.
Dubois restored Columbus’ two-goal cushion along with his 17th of the 12 months on a backhand wraparound at 17:52 of the second after Worth didn’t freeze the puck.
An uneventful third interval was capped off by a flurry of targets within the remaining 5 minutes.
The Canadiens made it Three-2 when Domi fired a shot previous Merzlikins at 15:52, by visitors, for his first objective since Dec. 31.
Nyquist scored the empty-netter for Columbus with 1:53 remaining earlier than Weber pulled one again for Montreal 52 seconds afterward a slap shot from the purpose.
“Now we have to discover a solution to make them crack subsequent time and get a pair extra,” Domi stated. “They performed tight and that’s the way in which you need to play with the lead. That’s a veteran staff that is aware of find out how to play with the lead.”
NOTES: Tatar and Suzuki prolonged their level streaks to 4 video games.
Blue Jackets: Host Florida on Tuesday evening.
Canadiens: Host New Jersey on Tuesday evening.