COLUMBUS - The Canadiens dropped a 5-2 decision to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.
John Tortorella's squad didn't waste much time getting on the board. Forward Eric Robinson opened the scoring just 1:24 into the first period, converting a feed from David Savard to put Columbus up 1-0.
The Canadiens replied in the latter stages of the frame. With 3:29 remaining before the break, Artturi Lehkonen put home a Phillip Danault pass to level the score 1-1. For his part, Danault extended his point streak to four straight games.
Both teams registered 13 shots on goal during the opening frame.
The Canadiens took the lead just over five minutes into the second period when Joel Armia tipped a Ben Chiarot pass beyond Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to put Montreal ahead 2-1.
With a little over seven minutes left in the frame, though, centerman Pierre-Luc Dubois responded for the Blue Jackets and squared the scoreline by beating Carey Price on a shot from the slot.
After 40 minutes, the Canadiens held a 24-20 advantage in the shot department.
Columbus retook the lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in regulation time when forward Emil Bemstrom capitalized on a lucky bounce off the glass behind Price that ultimately deflected into the net off the seven-time All-Star.
Boone Jenner put the Blue Jackets ahead by a pair when he scored on the power play.
With 5:27 to go, Dubois scored his second goal of the game to put the Blue Jackets ahead 5-2.
That's the way things finished up.
The Canadiens will be back in action on Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.