Tatar scores late, Canadiens top Jackets to snap 4-game skid

Tatar scores late, Canadiens top Jackets to snap 4-game skid

Updated Mar. 5, 2020 12:44 a.m. ET

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens put an end to a tough losing streak Tuesday night.

Tomas Tatar scored in the third period to lift Montreal over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2, ending a four-game skid with its first victory since Feb. 4.

Paul Byron and Max Domi also scored, and Carey Price made 31 saves.

"We knew, everyone knew, that this was the biggest slump of the year," Domi said. "That one's out of the way, now we just got to focus on the next one."


Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots, and Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus.

"Worked hard to get back in it. Couldn't finish," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said.

The Blue Jackets were playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing to Tampa Bay on Monday night. The visitors were also without forward Artemi Panarin, who sat out due to illness.

Byron scored in his return to the lineup after missing the last six games due to a forearm injury.

In the second period, Domi and Foligno, both sons of former NHL enforcers, exchanged blows after Foligno hit defenseman Mike Reilly from behind.

"When one of your buddies gets hit like that, you got to step in," Domi said. "That's part of what being a teammate is."

"(Domi) asked me, and I said, 'If you want to fight, let's fight,'" Foligno said. "I'm sure our dads would be proud."

Domi put the Canadiens on the board 90 seconds in. The forward powered up the wing and tried to feed Jonathan Drouin on a 2-on-1. The puck instead went off forward Eric Robinson, and Domi batted it past Bobrovsky for his 20th of the season.

Byron's goal came nearly 16 minutes later. After Jesperi Kotkaniemi's shot went wide of the net and off the backboard, Byron was first to the puck and buried it past Bobrovsky for his 11th of the season.

The Blue Jackets drew one back in the opening moments of the second period, when Anderson sniped one past Price.

Foligno tied it in the third period when he put a rebound past Price. Anderson picked up his second point of the night with an assist.

The Canadiens retook the lead at 13:08 of the third on Tatar's 19th of the season. Defenseman Jordie Benn hung along the boards and fed Tatar with a pass to Bobrovsky's right, and he quickly tapped it past the goaltender.

Tatar said he was trying to find the right position on the play, but he locked into place once his eyes met Benn's.

"I got a little lost," Tatar said. "I think Jordie looked at me and I just stopped there. He made a beautiful pass for sure."

NOTES: Byron played in his 400th career NHL game. ... Blue Jackets' forward Brandon Dubinsky suited up in his 800th career game.


Blue Jackets: Play at Ottawa on Friday night.

Canadiens: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.