Galchenyuk scores OT winner again as Habs blank Blue Jackets
Montreal extends winning streak to 3
Max Pacioretty refused to give up after seeing his goal disallowed in overtime. The Canadiens captain kept his composure to set up the winner just moments later.
Pacioretty got an assist on Alex Galchenyuk's overtime winner and Carey Price made 26 saves for his third shutout of the season as Montreal downed the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 on Tuesday to extend its winning streak to three games.
Pacioretty looked to have scored the winner 1:11 in overtime after a beautiful pass by Andrei Markov along the boards sent him in all alone on Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Blue Jackets goalie made the initial pad save before Pacioretty pushed the puck across the goal-line on the rebound, but the play was whistled dead and a lengthy video review did not overturn the call.
"They said that they saw the goalie cover the puck," said Pacioretty, who has 12 points in his last nine games. "That's hard to see when it doesn't happen. You could see my face when I got up, because we know when it's in. Genuinely, I believe I scored a goal.
"But Chucky's the hero and I'm happy for Chucky."
Pacioretty notches 400th point
Less than three minutes after the disallowed goal, with Seth Jones in the box for holding, Galchenyuk scored the winner on the power play with a slap shot from the point that soared into the roof of the net at 3:53 of the extra period.
Pacioretty's assist on the game winner was his 400th NHL point. He's the 36th player in Canadiens history to reach that milestone.
"That was a really tight game," said Galchenyuk, who also scored the overtime winner in Montreal's 4-3 come-from-behind victory in New Jersey on Monday. "Both goalies played amazing."
Montreal's (35-21-8) three consecutive wins have all come in overtime. The Canadiens have not won a game in regulation since Jan. 31.
Newly-acquired defenceman Jordie Benn made his Canadiens debut. The 29-year-old was traded to Montreal from the Dallas Stars on Monday for defenceman Greg Pateryn and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.
Benn, who played on a defensive pairing with Nathan Beaulieu, finished the game with 15:09 of ice time, including 3:22 shorthanded.
"Back and forth, pretty entertaining for the fans," said Benn, who played all 302 games of his NHL career with the Stars before Tuesday. "To be listening to the fans cheer, it was pretty surreal. To have that jersey on and have them cheer like that, it's definitely hockey heaven."
'Very evenly played game'
The game was fast-paced and exciting despite the lack of goals.
A couple of early power plays gave Montreal all the momentum, but the home team failed to capitalize.
Luck was on Montreal's side as the Jackets beat Price on several occasions but couldn't beat his posts. Columbus (39-16-6) hit four pucks off the iron, including Zach Werenski's shot off the crossbar 19 seconds into the contest.
"It was a fun game to be involved in," said Jackets head coach John Tortorella, whose players saw their two-game winning streak snapped. "Both teams played well and both teams played hard. I liked our attack, especially in overtime. We tried to win the game. We had some really good chances.
"We'll take that point and get out of here. It was a very evenly played game."
Bobrovsky stopped 29-of-30 shots as the Blue Jackets failed to sweep the season series versus Montreal. Columbus came into Tuesday's game having outscored the Canadiens 12-1 in its two victories earlier this year.