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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Kristian Huselius and Derick Brassard scored in the shootout, rookie goalie Steve Mason stayed perfect by stopping both shots he faced in the tiebreaker and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Friday night.

It was the first loss for the Canadiens in Ohio since a 2-1 setback against the Cleveland Barons on Nov. 23, 1977. The Habs had beaten the Blue Jackets in their only two previous trips.

Montreal's Sergei Kostitsyn scored on a pass from his brother Andrei to tie it with 40.9 seconds left in regulation.

Huselius went first in the shootout and beat Jaroslav Halak with a wrister. After Mason, who is 2-0 in his only two NHL starts, stopped Alex Tanguay, Brassard danced with the puck and deked Halak before scoring.

Mason then blocked a shot by Andrei Kostitsyn, touching off a wild celebration from a crowd of 14,603.

R.J. Umberger, Marc Methot and Fredrik Modin scored for Columbus - the latter two coming 34 seconds apart in the third period for a 3-2 lead.

Alex Tanguay and Patrice Brisebois had power-play goals for the Canadiens.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jason Williams scored his second goal of the game 48 seconds into overtime, and Bryan Little had two goals and an assist for Atlanta.

On a power play, Williams lifted a rebound off a shot from Ilya Kovalchuk over goalie Ryan Miller to give the Thrashers their third straight victory.

Todd White also scored for the Thrashers, and Slava Kozlov extended his points streak to five games with three assists.

Thomas Vanek scored his NHL-leading 12th goal, and Clarke MacArthur, Ales Kotalik and Maxim Afinogenov also scored for the Sabres.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Joe Corvo scored with 2:40 left to help Peter Laviolette become the winningest American-born coach in NHL history.

Fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg also scored and Corvo added an assist for the Hurricanes, who trailed 1-0 after two periods but scored twice in the final 9 minutes.

Mike Fisher scored for the Senators.

Michael Leighton made 22 saves in his second straight start on home ice to help Laviolette surpass former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella with his 240th career victory.

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