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Huselius, Mason help Blue Jackets edge Canadiens

Nov 8, 2008 - 4:58 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- An injury to Pascal Leclaire has opened the door for rookie Steve Mason, and he has seized the opportunity.

Kristian Huselius and rookie Derick Brassard scored in the shootout and Mason stopped both shots he faced as the Columbus Blue Jackets posted a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

R.J. Umberger netted his fifth goal in four games for Columbus, which denied Montreal its first five-game road winning streak in nearly 11 years. Defenseman Marc Methot and Fredrik Modin also tallied in regulation for the Blue Jackets.

Making his second career start, the 20-year-old Mason helped contain arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference by stopping 34 shots. The Canadiens had been off to their best start (8-1-1) since beginning the 1976-77 season with a 9-2-0 mark.

Called up from the minors on November 4, Mason has been starting for Leclaire, who is on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He won his NHL debut by stopping 22 shots in a 5-4 triumph over Edmonton on Wednesday and was even better in this one.

"It's definitely pretty exciting," Mason said. "Two wins in two games. I can't complain about that. Hopefully, this continues for me, and I'm looking forward to every opportunity I get."

"You are going to need your goalie some nights," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We needed him, and he came up big tonight."

Sergei Kostitsyn, Alex Tanguay and blue-liner Patrice Brisebois netted goals for the Canadiens, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Montreal also was attempting to win five straight road contest for the first time since December 31, 1997-January 12, 1998.

The Canadiens could not get past the mediocre Blue Jackets, who had been 2-3-2 in their previous seven games.

"We turned the puck over in the neutral zone, and they took advantage of it," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "And we had too many penalties and killed the momentum."

Huselius opened the shootout by beating goaltender Jaroslav Halak with a wrist shot. Tanguay tried to answer, but he lost control of the puck as he skated in, and Mason stopped it with his blocker.

"I tried to make a move and just lost the puck," Tanguay said. "I still got in on goal, but their goalie got a piece of it."

Brassard then put a terrific deke on Halak, faking right and then slipping a forehand inside the left goalpost. Mason turned away Andrei Kostitsyn's wrist shot to seal the win.

"I knew which move I wanted to do," Brassard said of his goal. "When I got the puck, I was going to make another move, then I said, 'No, no, keep with the same move.'"

Montreal pulled Halak for an extra attacker with 56 seconds left in regulation in search of the equalizer, and the move paid off.

Sergei Kostitsyn took a pass from his brother Andrei, who fished the puck from behind the right side of the net. Sergei Kostitsyn then fired a wrist shot past Mason with 41 seconds remaining.

Kostitsyn's goal helped the Canadiens momentarily rebound after Methot and Modin scored 34 seconds apart early in the third to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 edge.

"With that late goal, we thought we had the momentum going into the overtime," Carbonneau said.

Montreal took a brief 2-1 lead when Brisebois fired a slap shot from the blue line between the pads of Mason 2:51 into the period.

However, Methot knotted the game again with a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle less than three minutes later. Modin put Columbus in front shortly thereafter, tapping in a perfect pass from defenseman Fedor Tyutin at the right side of the net at 5:55.

Halak made 25 saves for the Canadiens, who were 2-for-7 on the power play.








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    MONTREAL 1 0 2 0 (0) 3
    COLUMBUS 1 0 2 0 (2) 4 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 5 (JASON CHIMERA, RICK NASH) 6:52
    MON - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 7 (CHRIS HIGGINS, ROBERT LANG) 15:08
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) PATRICE BRISEBOIS 1 (A

    Canadiens 3, Blue Jackets 4  Final - 2OTNov 7 9:46 PM


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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    MONTREAL 1 0 2 0 3
    COLUMBUS 1 0 2 0 3 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 5 (JASON CHIMERA, RICK NASH) 6:52
    MON - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 7 (CHRIS HIGGINS, ROBERT LANG) 15:08
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) PATRICE BRISEBOIS 1 (ALEXEI K

    Nov 7 9:41 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MONTREAL 1 0 2 3
    COLUMBUS 1 0 2 3 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 5 (JASON CHIMERA, RICK NASH) 6:52
    MON - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 7 (CHRIS HIGGINS, ROBERT LANG) 15:08
    2ND PRD: NONE
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) PATRICE BRISEBOIS 1 (ALEXEI KOVALEV, TOMAS
    PLEKANEC)

    Nov 7 9:34 PM
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    MONTREAL 3
    COLUMBUS 3
    3RD PRD: MON - SERGEI KOSTITSYN 3 (ANDREI KOSTITSYN, TOMAS PLEKANEC)
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    MONTREAL 2
    COLUMBUS 3
    3RD PRD: COB - FREDRIK MODIN 2 (FEDOR TYUTIN, JAN HEJDA) 5:55

    Canadiens 2, Blue Jackets 3  3rd - 14:05Nov 7 9:07 PM


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    MONTREAL 2
    COLUMBUS 2
    3RD PRD: COB - MARC METHOT 3 (RICK NASH, JAN HEJDA) 5:21

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    MONTREAL 2
    COLUMBUS 1
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) PATRICE BRISEBOIS 1 (ALEXEI KOVALEV, TOMAS
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    Montreal
    1 0 --1
    Columbus 1 0 --1
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    Shots on goal:
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    Montreal 19 7 --26
    Columbus 8 8 --16
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    Goalies : Montreal, Jaroslav Halak (16 shots, 15 saves). Columbus,
    Steve Mason (26 shots, 25 saves). Referees: Dan O'Rourke

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MONTREAL 1 1
    COLUMBUS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 5 (JASON CHIMERA, RICK NASH) 6:52
    MON - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 7 (CHRIS HIGGINS, ROBERT LANG) 15:08
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MON 19 19

    Nov 7 7:43 PM


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    MONTREAL 1
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 7 (CHRIS HIGGINS, ROBERT LANG) 15:08

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    MONTREAL 0
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 5 (JASON CHIMERA, RICK NASH) 6:52

    Canadiens 0, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 13:08Nov 7 7:17 PM