Columbus 3, Montreal 2

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 8-16-0-3 5-7-0-1 3-9-0-2 W1
Montreal 11-11-2-4 4-5-2-3 7-6-0-1 L1


Rick Nash scored in the second round of the shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 victory over the host Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Vinny Prospal and R.J. Umberger had goals and Curtis Sanford made 18 saves for the Blue Jackets, who finished 2-2-0 on their four-game road trip, with both victories coming via the shootout.

Nash was the second skater for Columbus after Ryan Johansen had been denied in the opening round. The Columbus captain started out on the right side of the net before bringing the puck back to his left and stuffing it past Carey Price’s stick side.
Sanford stopped Brian Gionta in the next round to clinch it.

The Canadiens forced overtime with 1:21 left in regulation. Tomas Plekanec brought the puck down the right side on an even rush and slipped a pass into the slot to an unmarked Gionta, who shielded the puck from Sanford before slipping it past his left skate.

Umberger gave the Blue Jackets the lead in the second period. Hiding on the left boards as Nikita Nikitin controlled the puck in the neutral zone, Umberger broke free and received a perfect feed, beating two defenders into the Montreal zone and surprising Price with a wrist shot.

Price finished with 26 saves for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of five.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Montreal
R.J. Umberger 2 Points Brian Gionta 1
R.J. Umberger 1 Goals Brian Gionta 1
R.J. Umberger 1 Assists Michael Cammalleri 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis Sanford .900 Save Percentage Carey Price .929
Curtis Sanford 18 Saves Carey Price 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 28 3 0-4 3-3 6 30
Montreal 20 2 0-3 4-4 8 30

Upcoming Games

  • Montreal will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .438 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game at home against Nashville. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .125 after a win and .368 after a loss.
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