A great end to the trip for CH

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A great end to the trip for CH

The Montreal Canadiens ended their five-game road trip with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night at the Nationwide Arena.

Head coach Martin St-Louis’ men collected six points out of a possible ten during their road stretch.

In the match against the Jackets, Joel Armia scored the winning goal with three minutes remaining in the third period. The Finn deflected a powerful shot from the point by Mike Matheson. The veteran played his first game in a CH uniform since November 9, having been recalled from the American League on Friday.

Gustav Lindström completed the scoring with an empty net, after a good effort by Armia to recover the puck in the back of the opponent’s zone.

In the early part of the match, the Canadian showed the strength. In fact, the Habs tied the score twice in the second period. After a hit from Patrik Laine, Alex Newhook hit the mark. The crowd favorites responded through Yegor Chinakhov, but Cole Caufield ensured everyone was on equal footing to start the final period. The Canadian sniper took advantage of a generous return provided by Elvis Merzlikins to score his seventh of the season.

“The main thing we’ve been working on is the forecheck,” Caufield said after the game. It gives results and we need to see the positive in that. (…) We reduced our turnovers after the first period and simplified our game.

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In front of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge net, Samuel Montembeault resisted 25 of the 27 pucks sent his way.

CH returns to action this Thursday, when the Florida Panthers visit the Bell Center. This is Sainte-Flanelle’s first game in front of its fans since November 16.

CH-Jackets: Mike Matheson –

CH-Jackets: Alex Newhook –

CH-Jackets: Samuel Montembeault –

HIGHLIGHTS

THIRD PERIOD

19:04 | GOAL – Gustav Lindstrom (MTL) scores in an empty net

17:12 | GOAL – Joel Armia (MTL) deflects a shot from Mike Matheson (MTL) and Elvis Merzlikins is beaten

Armia leads CH –

14:43 | Alexandre Texier (CBJ) takes on Samuel Montembeault (MTL)

13:36 | Josh Anderson (MTL) shot and, to everyone’s surprise, missed the target

12:25 | Cole Caufield (MTL) receives the puck from an opponent at the top of the slot, but fails to beat Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ)

12:07 | Juraj Slafkovsky (MTL) frappe solidement Cole Sillinger (CBJ)

10:07 | Tanner Pearson (MTL) attempted an offensive charge on the inf. digital but his unconvincing shot was stopped by Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ)

8:18 | Gustav Lindstrom (MTL) sent the puck into the bay window, he was penalized

7:29 | Kaiden Guhle (MTL) checks on Boone Jenner (CBJ)

5:52 | Jayden Struble (MTL) checks on Sean Kuraly (CBJ)

4:11 | Yegor Chinakov (CBJ) again faces Samuel Montembeault (MTL).

3:22 | Kaiden Guhle (MTL) sends a shot over the bar

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1:56 | Jake Bean (CBJ) will next face Samuel Montembeault (MTL)

1:06 | Narrow save by Samuel Montembeault (MTL) at the expense of Justin Danforth (CLB)

0:35 | Nick Suzuki (MTL) missed twice in quick succession

0:00 | Start with the third third

SECOND PERIOD

18:30 | Joel Armia (MTL) had a golden opportunity during the surplus and clearly missed it

17:39 | Juraj Slafkovsky (MTL) narrowly misses the target in a play orchestrated by Cole Caufield

17:35 | Solid featherweight bout between Cole Caufield (MTL) and Johnny Gaudreau (CBJ)

14:08 | GOAL – Christian Dvorak (MTL) shoots in the chest of the opposing goalie, but it allows Cole Caufield to score on a loose puck

The seventh goal for Caufield –

13:14 | Important save by Samuel Montembeault (MTL) on a Boone Jenner breakaway

12:38 | Great opportunity for Justin Barron (MTL), who missed the target

11:57 | Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ) stands in front of Josh Anderson (MTL)

9:47 | GOAL – The Blue Jackets responded quickly in CH as Yegor Chinakov (CBL) scored his third goal of the season

Chinakov quickly responded to CH –

7:36 | GOAL – Alex Newhook (MTL) jumps on a loose puck in the slot and scores

Newhook tied the knot –

7:30 | Alex Newhook (MTL) escapes and hits the post

5:37 | Cole Caufield (MTL) narrowly missed the target with a wrist shot

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3:40 | GOAL – Patrik Laine (CBJ) breaks free and scores after a turnover caused by Cole Caufield and Sean Monahan (MTL)

2:45 | Good scrum behind the net from Samuel Montebeault (MTL) after a stoppage in play: Johnathan Kovacevic (MTL) and Sean Kuraly (CBJ) were both penalized within two minutes.

1:39 | Boone Jenner (CBJ) vs. Samuel Montembeault (MTL)

0:20 | Solid mise en échec by Kaiden Guhle (MTL) on Dmitri Voronkov (CBJ)

0:00 | Start of the second period

FIRST PERIOD

17:51 | Yegor Chinakov (CBJ) missed a chance during a two-on-one

15:58 | Alex Newhook (MTL) skilfully redirects a pass from Nick Suzuki, but Elvis Merzilikins (CBJ) is ready

14:45 | Great save by Samuel Montembeault (MTL) on a point-blank shot from Zach Werenski (CBJ)

13:41 | Samuel Montembeault (MTL) defeats Cole Sillinger (CBJ) again

11:19 | Elvis Merzlikins (BJ) turned down an offer from Nick Suzuki (MTL)

10:15 | Another save by Samuel Montembeault (MTL) on a blind shot from Erik Gudbranson (CBJ)

8:40 | Juraj Slafkovsky (MTL) misses a good opportunity near goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ)

7:25 | Erik Gudbranson (CBJ) shoots in traffic, Samuel Montembeault (MTL) holds

5:12 | Samuel Montembeault (MTL) resists the charge of Dmitri Voronkov (CBJ)

3:00 | Sean Kuraly (CBJ) misses a good opportunity from over

2:14 | Samuel Montembeault (MTL) stops a shot from Cole Sillinger (CBJ)

0:28 | Kaiden Guhle (MTL) hits the post

0:00 | Start the meeting

Lineups for tonight’s game: