March 13, 2018 / 1:57 AM / 2 months ago

Blue Jackets cruise past Canadiens for fifth straight win

EditorsNote: eds: updates with goal credited to Wennberg

Alexander Wennberg notched a goal and three assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night in Columbus.

Defenseman Seth Jones, however, left the game after the second period due to an upper-body injury.

The Blue Jackets have won five straight games and have claimed six consecutive victories at Nationwide Arena, this one after falling behind just 34 seconds into the clash.

Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher — one of the lone bright spots amid a disappointing season — put the visitors on the board first by deflecting Jeff Petry’s point shot past Bobrovsky for his career-high 25th goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets roared back. Nick Foligno put the hosts on the board at the 4:17 mark with a fortunate tally. He intercepted Jordie Benn’s clearing attempt just inside the offensive zone and raced toward the net before attempting a pass across the slot. Benn swiped at the puck and knocked it off a teammate and into the cage behind goalie Charlie Lindgren.

Wennberg scored on the man advantage at 7:51 after a one-timed slapper from Jones that made it through the maze of skaters in front of the besieged Montreal goalie.

Jones tallied a goal — his fourth in a three-game spree — at 14:03. The rising star wristed a long shot that the screened Lindgren could only get a piece of with his glove. Jones now has 14 goals.

Boone Jenner scored at 2:34 of the second period to give Columbus a 4-1 lead. Lindgren made an excellent save when Jenner redirected Wennberg’s shot-pass but had no chance on the rebound.

Jonathan Drouin scored on a breakaway with 4:14 remaining in the second period to bring the Canadiens within two, but Ian Cole’s long point shot with 2:19 left in the third period rounded out the scoring.

Columbus’ Artemi Panarin collected two helpers to give him nine points in a five-game point streak.

Lindgren made 20 saves for the Canadiens, who have dropped five straight.

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