Blue Jackets 3, Canadiens 2, SO. With AP Photos. Rick Nash's shootout goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Curtis Sanford was perfect in the tiebreaker, turning aside David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta. Gionta scored a goal with 1:21 left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 1.5 seconds left in the first to draw Montreal even at 1.
R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist, and Vinny Prospal also scored for Columbus, which had lost three of four.
Sanford made 18 saves in his 10th straight start for the Blue Jackets. The 32-year-old goalie signed with Columbus as a free agent in July after spending the last two seasons in the Canadiens' organization with AHL Hamilton.
Carey Price stopped 26 shots for Montreal, which returned home after a 1-1-1 West Coast trip.