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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Columbus



(Friday, November 15th)

Final Score: Montreal 3, Columbus 2 (SO)

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - David Desharnais scored the lone shootout goal as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 at Nationwide Arena.

Desharnais, a recent healthy scratch, snapped a shot between the pads of Columbus goaltender Curtis McElhinney. The diminutive forward has yet to score in regulation or overtime in 18 games this season.

Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller had the goals for Montreal, which rallied from a two-goal deficit to post just its second win in November (2-3-2). Peter Budaj stopped 23 shots before turning away Columbus' trio of Mark Letestu, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Johansen in the tiebreaker.

"I thought we deserved to win," said Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien. "We work hard, even if we're down two goals, we didn't panic."

McElhinney made 38 saves for the slumping Blue Jackets, who have dropped eight of their last nine games (1-5-3).

Columbus announced earlier Friday that forward Marian Gaborik will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a sprained knee.

The Blue Jackets scored two goals separated by 1:39 in the opening period, but Montreal capitalized on a late turnover to get on the board before the first intermission.

RJ Umberger held the puck along left side boards and fired a low shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle through the five-hole of Budaj at the 15:33 mark.

Moments later, confusion around the Montreal crease led to a tally for Anisimov. Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray had driven Jared Boll into Budaj, who was out position and unable to stop the bid from Anisimov at 17:12.

The Blue Jackets were primed to carry a two-goal advantage into the second period, but defenseman Fedor Tyutin lost the puck at the Columbus blue line as the clubs skated 4-on-4, triggering a breakaway goal for Galchenyuk with 7.8 seconds remaining.

"We just shovel (the puck) back to our defenseman, a bouncing puck, and it's a tough play for (Tyutin). It's a tough play, puck bouncing and he tries to make a play. Just a bad decision," Columbus head coach Todd Richards said.

Montreal pulled even on a power play as Eller deposited a rebound from the slot past McElhinney, who was sitting on his backside, 7:34 into the middle stanza.

Both teams killed a penalty in a scoreless third period.

Game Notes

Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher missed the game with the flu ... Canadiens forward Brandon Prust returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury.

11/15 23:26:05 ET

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Montreal 4/18 7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay CNBC, CBC, RDS, FSN-FL
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Montreal leads series, 1-0.
Detroit 4/18 7:30 PM ET
Boston NBCSN, TSN, FSN-DET, NESN
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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