Three Things: Robinson Scores His First NHL Goal, But the Blue Jackets Fall in a Shootout

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 12, 2019 at 10:08 pm
Nov 12, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan Poehling (25) battles with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom (52) for possession of the puck during the second period at the Bell Centre.
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Well, the Blue Jackets got a point.

They should have gotten two, though. Montreal took it, 3-2, in a shootout.

A Zach Werenski snipe through traffic made it 2-1 with about two minutes left, but the Blue Jackets couldn't hold onto the lead. A Montreal equalizer occurred just over a minute later.

In overtime, the Blue Jackets went on the power play, but created almost nothing and gave Montreal two odd-man rushes the other way. Carey Price stopped all three Blue Jackets shooters to give Montreal the shootout win.

Here are three things from tonight.

Robinson's First 


Robinson notched his first goal for the Blue Jackets to give them a 1-0 lead in the first period. He found himself skating through the slot and capitalized on a pretty feed from Emil Bemstrom.

Robinson's line was buzzing all night, and he may have earned himself another opportunity in the lineup on Friday night.

Power Play?

When a team gets a power play in overtime, they should dominate. It's 4 on 3. There's a lot of ice space available.

However, this was not the case tonight. The Blue Jackets' power play, like so many other times this year, did not perform. The Canadiens created the best scoring chances during those two minutes, and they were a man down.

John Tortorella has backed Brad Larsen many times before, but with performances like this, it's hard to take him at his word.

Elvis Stands Tall

Elvis Merzlikins deserved a win tonight. He was outstanding all game, stopping 30 of 32 shots from Montreal and two out of three in the shootout.

Merzlikins wasn't supposed to start this game, but Joonas Korpisalo's antics forced Tortorella's hand. Elvis was impressive and may have earned himself another start against the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

Merzlikins is sporting a .919 save percentage in his last four outings, compared to Korpisalo's .917. 

While Tortorella has confirmed that Korpisalo is his number one goaltender, Merzlikins is certainly making that decision harder each game.

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