The last time the Blues and Montreal were on the ice at the Bell Centre, some fans were cheering for visiting goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Not this time.
With 48 seconds left to play in regulation, Halak was squaring up to face a penalty shot by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec, with the game on the line. Blues captain David Backes was whistled for delay of game, after knocking the net off its moorings, and with Plekanec in possession of the puck, he was sent to center ice with a chance to ice the win for the Canadiens.
The crowd rose to its feet in anticipation, but Plekanec’s shot went off Halak’s stick and out of play. The game went to a shootout, where once again a goal by T.J. Oshie was the difference, leading the Blues to a 3-2 shootout victory. Oshie is Mr. Automatic this season in the shootout, improving to three for three, allowing the visitors to win their fourth consecutive game in Montreal.
The Blues, who will return home to host Calgary on Thursday, escaped narrowly.
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