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Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Attendance: 21,302
Werenski's OT goal lifts Blue Jackets over Canadiens
(TSX / STATS) -- MONTREAL -- Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is cornering the market on saves of the year.
Bobrovsky came up with another candidate among his 28 saves in the Blue Jackets' 2-1 win in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night at Bell Centre.
Bobrovsky's heroics gave Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski the opportunity to give Columbus a second consecutive win when he scored at 1:09 of overtime.
Josh Anderson also scored for the Blue Jackets (11-7-1).
Paul Byron scored for the Canadiens (8-9-2) and Charlie Lindgren made 23 saves.
Bobrovsky made a spectacular save on Montreal forward Jacob De La Rose on a two-on-one at 4:49 of the third period, dropping his stick and lunging to his right to get his blocker on the shot.
"Nothing surprises us anymore," Werenski said. "He's the best in the world. He's the best goalie in the world. There's no surprise anymore.
"The best part is it's not a luck thing because he does it every single day in practice. I see it every single day up close, we all do. It never fails to amaze us. You practice like you play and he practices just like he plays."
"(Bobrovsky's) an athlete," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said of the two-time Vezina Trophy winner. "The things he can do as far as going side to side is just so impressive. It's just a great save. Right now, I think the Columbus Blue Jackets own the best save of the year on the highlights and I think the second best save of the year on the highlights and it's fortunate because it allows us to get some points."
Tortorella said he would rank Bobrovsky's save against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in overtime ahead of his stop on De La Rose. Bobrovsky sprawled to get his right skate on a shot by Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou on a two-on-none with Anthony Mantha in overtime. The Blue Jackets won in a nine-round shootout.
Bobrovsky said he wasn't going to pick his favorite between the two saves.
"You guys decide," he said to reporters. "I just take the two points and I'm happy with that."
Bobrovsky's save left the Canadiens shaking their heads.
"I remember thinking he's got the puck, this is a goal for sure," Byron said. "It just seemed like maybe a quarter of a second too much and it just gave him enough time to slide over. Those are the chances you score on 99 out of a hundred times. I don't know how he made that save. It was pretty unbelievable."
"Could we have shot earlier? That's only the guy who's shooting the puck knows whether he had full control of the puck and when he could let it go. It was a good play, a good scoring chance," Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.
Byron, who was stopped on a breakaway halfway through the second period, tied the score at 12:14 of the third period when he backhanded a rebound off a shot by defenseman Shea Weber by Bobrovsky on the stick side.
Weber, breaking in on the left wing, shot low and hard onto Bobrovsky' right pad, creating the rebound.
Anderson gave the Blue Jackets the lead 2:29 into the game when Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson tried to stop a shot from the point by Columbus defenseman Marcus Nutivaara in front of Lindgren. The puck hit the blade of Davidson's stick and bounced to Anderson. He settled the puck and scored his team-best seventh goal of the season.
It was the fourth consecutive game the Blue Jackets were held to one goal in regulation time, but Bobrovksy's play has helped them earn four points (2-2-0).
"We have a lot of guys struggling offensively," Tortorella said. "I thought the first two periods neither team generated much and obviously Bob was the story in the third period to give us a chance.
"It's not one guy. It's four or five guys that are struggling offensively. We just have to try and work out of it."
Werenski skated down the slot and took a pass from Cam Atkinson then snapped a shot over Lindgren's glove for the winner.
"I didn't see much," Werenski said. "I knew my stick was farther out than what I could see with my eyes. It's kind of one of those things where your stick can see what your eyes can't.
"I knew I probably had an angle low glove there and I shot it there kind of hoping it would go in."
The Canadiens lost for the second time in their past six games (4-2-0). They are 2-2 after four games of their six-game homestand.
"We know we're better than our record," Byron said. "We know we are better than what the standings say we are. We know we can compete against good hockey teams. I thought we had a pretty good opportunity to win the game tonight.
"We know we can hang around with the best teams and that should give our group confidence going forward."
With injuries to No. 1 goaltender Carey Price (lower body) and backup Al Montoya (concussion), Lindgren made his fifth consecutive start. He is 3-2.
NOTES: With the availability of No. 1 G Carey Price still uncertain and backup Al Montoya out with a concussion, the Canadiens claimed veteran G Antti Niemi on waivers from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Niemi, 34, is some insurance with the Canadiens dressing rookies Charlie Lindgren and Zach Fucale. ... Price did not skate, opting to rest his "minor" lower body injury that he sustained in the warmup on Nov. 2 before a game against the Minnesota Wild. ... Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg did not practice Monday because of an undisclosed injury and did not make the trip to Montreal. ... Canadiens C Torrey Mitchell was a late scratch because of the illness so the Habs dressed seven defensemen. Rookie D Victor Mete played most of the game on left wing. ... The Canadiens announced after the game LW Artturi Lehkonen is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.
Updated November 15, 2017