Canadiens rally in third
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Max Pacioretty scored two power-play goals, and P.K. Subban added another — all in a span of 3 minutes, 53 seconds of the third period — to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.
"If I go back and think about it, that's got to be one of my favorite games I've played this year," Pacioretty said.
Carey Price made 14 saves for the Canadiens, who have earned points in eight of nine games and 11 of 13.
Ryan Johansen scored a third-period power-play goal for Columbus to extend his career-best point streak to 11 games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and lost his shutout bid with 8½ minutes left.
The Canadiens, who had seven power plays, scored on three consecutive advantages in the third period to overcome a 2-0 deficit. They came in ranked 28th in the NHL on the power play.
"This one bothers me, the way that we found a way to lose this one," Columbus coach Todd Richards said.
•CAPITALS WIN GOALIE DUAL: Jason Chimera scored in the fourth minute of the game and Braden Holtby made 21 saves as the host Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0.
•HAT TRICK FOR DUCK: Corey Perry scored three goals, giving him 18 this season, and Frederik Anderson stopped 28 shots to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 victory over visiting Toronto.
•RANGERS' STEPAN HURT: Derek Stepan, the Rangers' second-leading scorer who was injured in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, flew with the team to Boston on the first leg of a three-city trip but is not expected to play Thursday night against the Bruins. Coach Alain Vigneault, who would only describe the injury as upper body, termed the Hastings native as day-to-day.
•BRODEUR TAKES WEEK OFF: St. Louis has given Martin Brodeur a one-week leave of absence, perhaps signaling the end of the 42-year-old goalie's time with the team. The Blues said his future will be addressed after he returns. Brian Elliott has recovered from a knee injury, and 24-year-old Jake Allen has played well for the Blues.
•ALL-STAR GAME CAPTAINS SET: Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks were named team captains for the 2015 All-Star Game on Jan. 25 in Columbus. The All-Star teams will now be designated as Team Foligno and Team Toews. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks were named assistant captains of Team Foligno, while Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers will assist Toews.