COLUMBUS, Ohio - David Desharnais scored the only goal in the shootout and Peter Budaj stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
Montreal's regulation goals came from Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller, with Budaj registering 23 stops through overtime.
R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov had first-period goals for the Blue Jackets. Curtis McElhinney made 38 saves.
The game pitted two teams who have been struggling. The Canadiens had lost five of six (1-3-2), and the Blue Jackets have dropped eight of nine (1-6-2).