The Montreal Canadiens are quite comfortable in this type of game.
And tonight, it showed.
The Blue Jackets were ready to go tonight and they took it to the Montreal Canadiens for large portions of the game. But it wasn't enough.
One team had Carey Price in goal, the other did not. And that's no disrespect to Joonas Korpisalo, who settled in after a shaky start and kept the Blue Jackets in the battle with some clutch stops in the second and third periods.
And once the Blue Jackets cut into what was a 2-0 Canadiens lead after two periods, getting an early third period goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand, it felt like "game on" and the sold-out crowd of 18,892 was roaring down the stretch.
Price was excellent and foiled the Blue Jackets all night long, and an ill-fated extra attacker sequence allowed Joel Armia to ice the game into an empty net with 2:14 to play.
Columbus finished with 35 shots on goal and had plenty of chances in the third period, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. The Blue Jackets' four-game winning streak was halted in the process.
Markus Hannikainen remains on injured reserve with an elbow injury.
Another back-to-back for the Blue Jackets concludes tomorrow night when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center, and it's a 9 p.m. ET face-off.
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