The Canadian blocks the cannon of the Blue Jackets

The Canadian blocks the cannon of the Blue Jackets

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The Montreal Canadiens didn't want to hear the cannon shots ringing out in the Nationwide Arena after the Columbus Blue Jackets' goals on Wednesday, which only allowed a meager success to their opponents in a 3 to 1 victory. 

In the first clash between the two teams, on November 17, the crowd favorites had managed to sound this piece of artillery six times.

This time, both teams had very little to put themselves under the tooth offensively, while the score was still 0 to 0 after 40 minutes.

Mathieu Olivier finally broke this tie, in favor of the home team, at the start of the third period. He intercepted a soft zone exit attempt from defender Mike Matheson before beating goalkeeper Samuel Montembeault. The latter finally signed the win by virtue of a performance of 30 saves.

Arber Xhekaj sounded the charge on the visitors' side, 90 seconds after Olivier's success.

Then, David Savard was inspired by the players of the Canadian men's soccer team, in action earlier in the day at the Soccer World Cup in Qatar. The CH defender saw the puck hit his skate, before sliding into the back of the opposing net.

Sean Monahan completed the scoring in an empty net, he who showed precision by shooting from one end of the ice to the other.

The Canadian will now head to the Chicago side on Friday , to face the Blackhawks there.

What we noticed

A better start

Before the game, the head coach Martin St-Louis wanted his team's priority to be getting off to a good start. The Canadian had allowed at least two goals in the first three minutes of a game in his two most recent outings. Players got their instructor's message right, allowing only a small pitch in the first six minutes of play.

A team of tough guys

The Canadian has long had a reputation as a small team that struggled to defend itself in physical matches. By throwing the gloves off against Erik Gudbranson, Michael Pezzetta extended the Habs' game streak with at least one fight on the ice at four.