Blue Jackets rout NHL-leading Canadiens 10-0

The Montreal Canadiens came into Columbus not 9-0-1, but the Blue Jackets handed them their first regulation loss in outstanding fashion.

A franchise record 16 players recorded a point for the Blue Jackets, led by Cam Atkinson, Scott Hartnell, Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno, who had two goals each. Although their forecheck wasn't as aggressive in the third period, the Blue Jackets were still able to control the game against a Montreal club that had no answer for Columbus' scoring output. Per, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost two games during the 1995-96 season by 10-0 scores. Even backup goaltender Al Montoya did a great job while the Vezina Trophy victor was sick to start the season. Connor Hellebuyck, from the Detroit-area suburb of Commerce Township, stopped 30 shots. I'm not going to take away from our game, either.

"It's tough to shake it off when you get scored on that many times, but we'll see what happens when we lace them up tomorrow". Several corporate suite holders at the Bell Centre will provide their support to the Montreal Canadiens organization in this initiative by hosting more than 70 young members of Leucan and their parents in their suites for the game.

Backup netminder Al Montoya took the beating from start to finish, allowing 10 goals - five in the second period - on 40 shots. Columbus will likely stick with Sergei Bobrovsky in this one as he will face off against Allen who is in the midst of his first season as the every day starter for the Blues.

"A few of our top guys, they did not give enough and for this team to make the right steps to go where we want to go as we continue building the club. we can not see that again in some of these guys", Tortorella said.

We have a long way to go but the Blue Jackets have got to feel good I know that I do. In any case, goals may be at a premium tonight, no matter how the Canadiens' skaters respond to the drubbing they received yesterday in Ohio.

The game-winner came with 42.1 seconds in overtime when Vladimir Tarasenko, who hadn't scored in seven games, skated around Brandon Saad and fired a shot into the top corner past goalie Curtis McElhinney to win it.

Anderson put Columbus up 1-0 with an unassisted goal with 7:05 left in the second period.

Montoya was right back in the game to start the third period which is an absolute joke.

Montoya had 30 saves for Montreal. We did a lot of good things.

"I'm just glad we got out of it injury-free", Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told the team website after the game Friday. It's a tick in the win column or in the loss column so we have work to do.

All season, the team has preached that mentally, they have to keep a flat line-not getting too high on their positive results, and not getting too down on themselves after a bad game.



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