Facing his former team, Mathieu Garon had added incentive on Tuesday night. That adrenaline helped his current team's continue its surge.
Garon stopped 29 shots for his 17th career shutout, extending his strong play at home in leading the Columbus Blue Jackets
to a 3-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens
at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night.
, Derick Brassard
and Kyle Wilson had goals and Jake Voracek added two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won six of eight.
"Matty was outstanding and he deserves opportunities to play," Columbus coach Scott Arniel said. "He's been good from training camp all the way through to tonight. I have a lot of confidence in both goaltenders. We have 1-A and 1-B."
Garon, a second-round pick by the Canadiens (No. 44) in the 1996 Entry Draft, improved to 8-0-4 with a 1.96 goals-against average in home games since joining Columbus as a free agent in 2009.
With Tuesday's win, Garon improved to 3-0-0 with a 0.86 GAA this season.
"I've been maybe a little lucky," Garon said. "When I've played, we haven't played a bad game this season. It feels good. We have to win at home. If we want to be in the top eight teams (making the playoffs), we have to be dominant here at home."
The Canadiens, who had won four of five, were shut out for the second time this season.
"We've got some lines that are creating some opportunities and other lines are not," coach Jacques Martin said. "We'll look at the video and analyze and see what we can bring as far as a solution for the next game."
Nash gave Columbus a 1-0 lead when he ripped a wrister from the right circle past Carey Price
at 12:34 of the opening period, finishing off a 2-on-1 break. It was Nash's fourth goal of the season.
As that goal was being announced, Montreal forward Benoit Pouliot was sent to the penalty box for boarding. Voracek then skated with the puck across the blue line, splitting defensemen Hal Gill
and Josh Gorges
, and slid a pass through the crease from the left goal line. Brassard had an almost vacant net in front of him and jammed it past Price for his fourth goal in five games.
"We played really well in the first and second," Brassard said. "And in the third, Matty did everything by himself. He saved us a few times. He was the difference tonight."
After a scoreless second period, Columbus added a backbreaker at 6:22 of the third. On yet another 2-on-1 break, Jared Boll backhanded a pass under the stick of Travis Moen to set up Wilson, who lifted a backhander high into the net. He now has three goals in his last six contests.
"Each game we're getting better and better," Nash said. "We finally tonight had lots of chances. Power play, 5 on 5 -- hopefully it just keeps on getting better."
Material from wire services was used in this report.