Canadiens bounce back to sting the Blue JacketsIt was a lot of fun for Max Pacioretty, and a particularly painful loss for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Pacioretty scored two power-play goals, and P.K. Subban added another - all in a span of 3:53 of the third period - to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night, local time.
“If I go back and think about it, that’s got to be one of my favorite games I’ve played this year,’’ Pacioretty said.
Erasing a 2-0 deficit on the road with 8 1/2 minutes left makes for a memorable game. It was forgettable for the home team.
“It’s just disappointing,’’ Columbus Coach Todd Richards said. “This one bothers me, the way that we found a way to lose.’’
The Canadiens, who mustered just one shot during their first four power plays, scored on each of their last three chances, with five shots. They came in ranked 28th among the 30 NHL teams on the power play.
With Matt Calvert off for slashing, Pacioretty took a feed from Gallagher in the high slot, pivoted and whistled a shot past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky with 8:30 remaining. The Canadiens said the puck bounced off a Blue Jackets player’s stick.
“We knew we needed a bounce to start putting them in on that goalie because he was playing out of his mind, especially early in the game,’’ Pacioretty said.
Just 2:56 after Montreal broke through, this time with Jared Boll off for high sticking, the Canadiens cycled the puck to Subban at the left point. His one-timer - with Bobrovsky’s view obstructed by David Desharnais - tied it at 2.
“Sometimes you need a little bit of luck on your side,’’ Subban said. “We got some bounces, but we did a good job of moving the puck and getting into areas where we were going to have success. Hopefully, that continues.’’
Soon after Subban’s goal, Brandon Dubinsky was called for boarding.
“The last [penalty] was not a good one,’’ Richards said.
Tomas Plekanec’s entry pass was redirected in by Pacioretty from the right hash to give the Canadiens their first lead.
“But we made some adjustments with our power play this week. I’m glad they paid off,’’ Canadiens Coach Michel Therrien said.