Tatar, Canadiens rally for shootout win against Blue Jackets
- Tomas Tatar scored with 41 seconds left in the third period, and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 3-2 shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bell Centre on Tuesday.
- Tatar scored his sixth goal when he one-timed Nick Suzuki’s pass with Carey Price pulled for an extra attacker to tie it 2-2.
“We made eye contact and I was just trying to hide and find my spot,” Tatar said. “Obviously a really beautiful play by Nick, and I was just ready to shoot.”
- The goal came 1:12 after Zach Werenski gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead. Werenski had a goal and an assist, and Eric Robinson scored his first NHL goal for Columbus (6-8-4).
“We’ve got to find a way, that’s the main thing right now,” Werenski said. “We had the lead there late. They make a play through our box to the back door, which we’ve got to stop that. I don’t really know what the answer is right now.”
- Elvis Merzlikins, who was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League on Sunday, made 30 saves but was denied his first NHL victory.
“I have to win games here,” said Merzlikins, who made his fourth career start (0-1-3). “I don’t know, I just can’t win a game. But it’s going to come. It’s going to come.”
- Price made 33 saves, and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal (10-5-3), which is 6-1-1 in its past eight games.
- Jonathan Drouin scored the only goal of the shootout in the second round.
“Whenever you have a comeback win when you score in the last minute, it’s definitely a bonus,” Price said. “[The Blue Jackets] were skating well, they were committed to playing both sides of the puck and you’ve got to give that team credit. They had an outstanding game tonight.”
- With the shootout loss, Columbus is 1-5-2 in its past eight games.
“We developed over 20 scoring chances in the game and we didn’t finish,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “We have the game in hand, just can’t get it done at the end. It’s just the way it’s going.”
NHL Highlights | Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens – Nov. 12, 2019
- Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray returned after missing six games because of a broken hand. …
- Columbus forward Nick Foligno served the first of a three-game suspension for elbowing Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Saturday. …
- Montreal is third in the NHL with 24 third-period goals. …
- Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber extended his point streak to four games with an assist on Gallagher’s goal. Weber has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games.
Sources & Credits: Sean Farrell / NHL.com; MTL Canadiens, CLB Blue Jackets
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