Montreal Canadiens Look to Gain Ground in Atlantic Division
Montreal won their second straight game as they forced overtime late and then won in a shootout at home over Columbus. The Canadiens entered Thursday tied with Florida for second in the Atlantic Division, three points behind Boston for the division lead. Montreal is 6th
in the league in scoring as they put up 3.44 goals a night so far this year. The Canadiens are 19th
in the league by giving up 3.06 goals per contest this season. Montreal is 14th
in the league on the power play by converting 20.7 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Canadiens are only 28th
in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through only 73.7 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
In their last game, Montreal did just enough to force the game to the extra session and then prevailed in a shootout. The Canadiens were outshot 15-11 in the opening period and trailed 1-0 after the opening stanza. In the second period, Montreal owned a 14-11 edge in shots but the period was scoreless, leaving the game 1-0 after two periods of play. During the final period, the Canadiens owned a 7-6 edge in shots and outscored Columbus 2-1 to force overtime. Brendan Gallagher
scored his eighth of the year at 3:27 off assists from Victor Mete and Shea Weber. After giving up the go-ahead goal with less than two minutes to play, Tomas Tatar sent the game to overtime with his sixth of the year at 19:19 off assists from Nick Suzuki and Phillip Danault. In the extra session, Montreal was outshot 3-0 but neither team lit the lamp to force a shootout. During the shootout, Jonathan Drouin scored the lone goal to give Montreal the victory. Carey Price
made 33 saves in the win as the Canadiens were outshot 35-32 in the game.