Joel Armia broke the deadlock with 2:57 left on the clock and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 in their first of two games in two nights on Wednesday.
Armia played his first game since he was recalled by CH last week, replacing Michael Pezzetta in the lineup. He deflected Mike Matheson’s shot with the edge of his stick to make it 3-2, then Gustav Lindström added the insurance goal into an empty net.
Samuel Montembeault came up big in the team’s fourth regulation win of the season, blocking 26 of 28 shots aimed at him.
The Habs ended their road trip with 6 points out of a possible 10 and will be back on their own tomorrow against the Florida Panthers.
Kaiden Guhle had a quick chance to score in the opening seconds, but his shot hit the post over the shoulder of goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins. In the middle, Merzlikins closed the door on Juraj Slafkovsky who tried to save his own comeback.
On the other side, Samuel Montembeault stopped a number from Yegor Chinakhov and Dmitri Voronkov to preserve the score at 0-0.
The initial stage took place at a high speed, with several stops in the game, waiting for the first goal. CH shot 9 times on net, compared to 12 for the opponent.
4 against 4 in the second period that the Jackets opened the scoring. Patrik Laine took advantage of the confusion during a bad change on the CH bench to grab the puck and escape in front of Montembeault, who partially touched the puck before it fell to his pads and then behind him.
Alex Newhook equalized for the second time to score within seconds. He first hit the post to the right of the goalkeeper, then was left alone in front of the net where he made a good wrist shot. This was CH’s first goal in the 109:10 minutes of the game.
Two minutes later, Chinakhov recovered from his missed chance by capitalizing on a turnover from Guhle who had left the territory to restore the home side’s lead to 2-1.
The Habs came back to attack again, this time through Cole Caufield. He went two-on-one with Christian Dvorak, whose first shot was blocked, but the No. 22 jumped back into the slot. Caufield (145) became the fifth player in CH history to reach the 60-goal plateau before his 150th match, after Howie Morenz (74), Maurice Richard (83), Jean Béliveau (132) and Joe Benoit (135).