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Plekanec scores 2 goals, Canadiens top Jackets

  • Associated Press
  • October 17, 2013 - 9:45 PM

MONTREAL — Tomas Plekanec scored with 1:07 left to break a tie and added an empty-net goal to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Plekanec took a surprise shot along the ice from the slot on a rush. and it went in off the post past goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 4-3. Columbus was on a last minute power play when he pushed Brandon Prust's pass into the empty net with 16 seconds left.

It was Montreal's second short-handed goal of the game after Andrei Markov's second-period effort.

Michael Bournival got his first NHL goal, and Rene Bourque also scored for Montreal (5-2), which has won four in a row. P.K. Subban had two assists for 10 points in his last six games

Rookie Boone Jenner scored his first two NHL goals, and Ryan Johansen got his first of the season for Columbus (2-4).

The Blue Jackets, who were missing Marian Gaborik (flu) and Nathan Horton (shoulder), came out with energy but quickly trailed 2-0.

Bourque, who has also been battling the flu, was alone at the far blue line during a power play, and took a long pass up the middle from Subban that turned into a breakaway goal only 4:38 in.

Subban drew two opponents away to get the puck to Andrei Markov for a clever cross-ice pass that Bournival didn't get all of, but the puck slid through Bobrovsky's pads at 12:01.

Markov made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal as his weak shot from the point went off a stick and past Bobrovsky 6:52 into the second.

Columbus struck back on the same power play as Jenner went to the net to pick up Johansen's rebound and lift it past Carey Price at 7:41. Johansen elected to shoot on a 2-on-1 rush and scored his first of the season at 17:11.

Jenner tied it on the power play 3:42 into the third when he scooped up Mark Letestu's rebound off Price's shoulder and put a backhanded shot under the crossbar.

NOTES: Sean Collins, who made his first start of the season, replaced Gaborik in the lineup. ... Had Bourque not played, defenseman Nathan Beaulieu would have skated on the fourth line. Beaulieu was scratched. ... There was no update from the Canadiens on Max Pacioretty, who was injured Tuesday at Winnipeg. ... Linesman Derek Amell worked his 1,000th NHL game.

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