Tomas Plekanec’s third period period power play goal broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Canadiens a 4-3 win in a see-saw battle against the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night at the  Bell Centre.

Rene Bourque,Brendan Gallagher, and Erik Cole also scored for Canadiens, who won fore the fourth time in a row.  The Jets, who trailed 2-0 early in the game, came back with  consecutive goals from  Blake Wheeler, Nik Antropov and Olli Jokinen to take the lead midway through the second period .  There were three power play goals scored in the game, two by the Canadiens..   Andrei Markov assisted on both of the goals with the man advantage.

Montreal outshot the Jets 26-21.   The three stars were Gallagher (1g, 1ass), Alex Galchenyuk (2 assists), Rene Bourque (1 goal).


Adding It Up –

Opening Act  – The aggressive nature of the Canadiens was front and centre again in the first period.  They outhit the Jets 12-3  and took the 2-0 lead.  On a power play Rene Bourque, after series of missed shots on Sunday, found the target with a 50 foot slapper on a power play.  Set up by the already well established firm of Markov and Diaz.

Changing Times – Last year the Canadiens had one of the worst power plays in the NHL.  This year, thanks mostly to the return to form of Markov and the improvement of Raphael Diaz, the Canadiens have morphed into one of the best.  Markov and Diaz each got assists on both power play goals as the Canadiens went two for five with the man advantage.  They Habs now have 8 power play goals on 27 opportunities, a glittering 29.2% success ratio.  They might have had three on the power play.  Erik Cole tied the game at three with a goal three seconds after a second period penalty to Burmistrov expired.

The Chucky and Gally Show  –  Already getting rave reviews, another combined four scored points for the kids.  Gallagher jumped on a loose puck and rifled a 40-foot snap shot that seemed to startle Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to give the Canadiens that 2-0 first period lead.   Galchenyuk assisted.  And they were front and centre on the  power play that led to the tieing goal.   Cole got the goal but both Galchenyuk and Gallagher were in front of the net digging and picked up the assists.  In the last four game, all wins, Galchenyuk and Gallagher have a total of 3 goals and 6 assists; 2 goals five assists the last two games.

Unsung Hero  – Lost in the hue and cry was the night Erik Cole had.  He was the Canadiens best forward.  He took seven shots on goal, four of them on target and was a physical force at both ends of the ice.  Unfortunately, he was forced to do most of it on his own because of the ineffective play of his linemates.

Lost Soul – David Desharnais can’t seem to get it right.  Another game in which he was a non-factor which made the Cole performance even more remarkable.  Desharnais has two shots on goal all season.  Both of them came in the game against Florida.  What is more, he has attempted only six shots in five games.  The other four missed the net.

Emelin – Hard to imagine anyone overshadowing Markov but his defence partner did just that in this game.   He played his usual hitting game, recording a game-high eight, three of them were bone rattlers.  The other aspexcts of his game are confident and crisp.  Markov got the two assists in this game but the better defenceman on this night was Emelin.

Standup Guy – Going to the third with the scored tied, Carey Price had given up six goals the previous five periods;; three on the first ten shots in this game.  With it on the line he was Carey! Carey! again.  Early in the third, he saved the tie with an outstanding save on Jokinen.  And less than a minute after Plekanec put the Canadiens ahead, he made a pad save on  a deflection by Evander Kane.  Midway through the period another deflection off the stick of Kyle Wellwood.  And on a power play at 12:20 Dustin Byfuglien had a great chance.  Four game savers to give the Canadiens the win.

Next Up – In Ottawa Wednesday night, the third tough opponent in a row.

Not the Jets We Knew – Winnipeg has made it tough on the opposition this year.  They were down 2 goals for the third straight game and they came back for the third consecutive time.  Blake Wheeler and Nik Antropov scored on consecutive power plays and Olli Jokinen made it 3-2 at 11:48 of the second period.