Sometimes, you just need a bounce.
And the Blue Jackets were due a truck load of them.
They didn't need much luck tonight, though, as they used a massive third period to bury the Montreal Canadiens, 5-2, at Nationwide Arena, securing a second consecutive win to move back to .500 (8-8-4) at the 20-game mark.
Pierre-Luc Dubois was a monster. He scored two key goals, first the 2-2 goal in the second period and the put-away goal to make it 5-2 late in the third period. Joonas Korpisalo withstood a slew of barrages from the Canadiens, and on the special teams front, Boone Jenner scored an insurance power play goal to make it 4-2 midway through the third.
This was a needed win for the Blue Jackets – their first multi-goal victory of the season and only their fourth win in regulation. The five goals were the most they've put up in a game all season. That's hard to believe, right?
The Blue Jackets controlled the opening period and could have scored a few goals if not for Price, who was outstanding early on. Eric Robinson scored his second of the season – and second against Price – only 1:24 into the game after a terrific cross-ice pass from David Savard.
And despite having the better of play in the first period, Columbus yielded a tying goal with 3:29 left in the frame. A defensive breakdown gave Montreal a royal-road look for Artturi Lehkonen, and he roofed the puck over Joonas Korpisalo.
Markus Nutivaara remained out of the lineup due to an injury. Ryan Murray returned tonight after a one-game injury absence from a blocked shot last week in Montreal.
The Blue Jackets are back at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night when they face the Detroit Red Wings. Game time is set for 7 p.m.