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Blue Jackets jump into playoff spot with win over Canadiens

Blue Jackets jump into playoff spot with win over Canadiens

Montreal falls short in the biggest game of the season, leaving its push for the postseason in a precarious position.

Plus, the Canadiens must bounce back from a dispiriting 6-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

"Suspendable. Ridiculously suspendable", Tortorella said after the game, according to The Athletic's Aaron Portzline. "So it's hard to say". But we all know that this one here has a lot of stake and we realize that. But this game doesn't have as much at stake if we don't win the last game. Savard unleashed a one-timer from above the left circle that beat Price over his glove to level the contest at 1 just 1:42 into the second period. We don't need to make it easy on them.

"A little bit of respect for the other team, or just the game of hockey, but if you turn that many pucks over, that's what's going to happen", fumed head coach Paul Maurice after the game. "It's served us well". Brett Kulak scored in his second consecutive contest, and fellow defenseman Jeff Petry also tallied for the Canadiens, who fell to 4-1-1 in their last six games.

With two points on the night, the Blue Jackets now occupy the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining. Carolina, which lost to Washington on Thursday, is one point ahead in the first slot.

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens with a plus-22 in 76 games played this season.

Neil Warnock's conduct was wrong but his message was not
"We got the three points but we have to look at ourselves, and if we want to achieve our targets we have to improve". Furthermore, both Bayern and Liverpool can offer him more playing time than he is now being afforded in London .

LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 5-4-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.3 assists, 2.9 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a.914 save percentage.

Nash got his first goal in 49 games early in the third period when he got a breakaway and put back his own rebound. Shortly before that, one fan had shouted out: "Wake up!"

Montreal posted a 5-2 win at the Bell Centre on February 7 to pay out on -105 odds at sports betting sites in the only other meeting between the two teams this season, and has earned at least in point in three straight dates with the Jets, including a 5-4 overtime win as a +106 underdog in the club's last trip to Winnipeg in November 2017.

"If we hadn't done as well this year, we wouldn't be playing in these kind of situations", Julien said after the morning skate. "Guys like (Jesperi) Kotkaniemi, (Victor) Mete, some of those young guys that haven't had a ton of experience there would not be able to face that". So it's good. Right now we're in a battle for the playoffs. "It's up to us to really take advantage of it, play the right way and give ourselves the best chance possible of winning".

Winnipeg may receive a boost for the final home game of the regular season, as defenseman Dustin Byfuglien appears poised to return to action after missing 19 games due to a lower body injury.

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