COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Canadiens suffered their first regulation loss of the season in style Friday.
Montreal matched the biggest loss in the franchise's storied history with a 10-0 defeat to the Blue Jackets. It was the NHL's first 10-0 loss since the Flames beat the Lightning 10-0 on Jan. 2, 1996, and it's tied for the worst loss in the league since the Flames fell 11-0 to the Canucks on March 1, 1992. The Penguins also beat the Lightning 10-0 in the 1995-96 season, and the Flames beat the Senators 10-0 in 1994.
The Canadiens, who were the last team without a regulation loss this season, lost 10-0 for the fourth time and the first since 1942 against the Red Wings.
In goal for the entire game for Montreal was Al Montoya, who started the first of back-to-back games while Carey Price rested for today's matchup with the Flyers. Montoya is the first goalie to allow 10 goals in a game since the Rangers' Steve Valiquette against the Stars on Feb. 6, 2009, and the first Canadiens goalie to do it since Andre Racicot against the Rangers on Dec. 13, 1992.
Montoya had 30 saves. The veteran backup, signed in the offseason, had a 1.47 goal-against average and .955 save percentage in four games going into Friday.
Coach John Tortorella's Blue Jackets are the first team to score 10 goals in a regular-season game since March 30, 2011, when the Blues beat the Red Wings 10-3. They set a team record for goals in a game, breaking the mark of eight. Sixteen Columbus players picked up at least one point.
Cam Atkinson, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell and Josh Anderson each scored two goals for coach John Tortorella's Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves.