MONTREAL - Trailing for much of the game, the Canadiens tied things up twice in the third period - including a late-game equalizer with under 0:41 in regulation - to beat the Blue Jackets 3-2 for their sixth win in their last eight contests.
The game remained scoreless through much of the first period, with the Canadiens killing off a pair of penalties to captain Shea Weber. They did it with a lot of help from goaltender Carey Price, who stopped all seven shots he faced with Columbus up a man.
However, the Blue Jackets got on the board with 3:14 to go in the opening frame when Eric Robinson snuck in and accepted a centering pass from Emil Bemstrom and squeezed it past Price for his first of the season.
After 20, Columbus led 1-0 and was outshooting Montreal 15-11.
In the second, the Habs were given a pair of power play opportunities of their own. They were only able to muster three shots on goal with the man advantage, however, and couldn't capitalize to tie things up.
Neither team made a mark on the scoresheet in the middle frame. Montreal outshot Columbus 14-11 in the period, but the score was still 1-0 after 40.
In the third, Max Domi whacked a Brett Kulak lob shot into the net past Jackets starter Elvis Merzlikins, but the goal was immediately waived off because of high-sticking on the play.
Not long after, however, the Canadiens finally got their equalizer. It started when Victor Mete dished the puck to Brendan Gallagher in the neutral zone. The Habs' alternate captain skated it in and wristed it from just inside the blue line, beating Merzlikins for his eighth of the season to make it a 1-1 game with 16:33 left in regulation.
With just 1:51 to go in regulation, Zach Werenski put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 with his fifth of the season.
It wasn't over just yet, though. Nick Suzuki accepted a give-and-go pass from Phillip Danault at the hashmarks and delivered a perfect cross-ice feed to Tomas Tatar, who wired it past Merzlikins to tie the game for the Canadiens a second time in the period.
In overtime, the Canadiens successfully killed off a penalty to Mete, but neither team could find the back of the net. This game would need to be decided in a shootout.
In the shootout, Jonathan Drouin beat Merzlikins between the legs with some nifty stickwork for the only goal of the frame to give the Canadiens the win.