The Columbus Blue Jackets spotted the Montreal Canadiens a 2-0, first period lead, and never led in a back-and-forth affair at Bell Centre.
In a spirited affair that saw Scott Harrington and Nick Foligno drop the gloves, the Blue Jackets gave up an early first period goal on a Montreal 2-on-1, finished by Max Domi. Later in the first, Paul Byron scored on a 3-on-2 off a wicked bounce off the boards.
Josh Anderson cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second period on an odd-man rush, beating Carey Price to the glove side.
In the third period, Nick Foligno capitalized on a rebound off an Anderson shot, squaring the game at two apiece.
But the lead wouldn't last, as Tomas Tatar tapped in the game-winner on a beautiful goal-mouth feed from Jordie Benn.
Brandon Dubinsky played in his 800th career NHL game... Foligno's fight was his second of the year... The penalty kill remained a bright spot, stopping 3-of-3 Canadiens chances...With the win, Price moved to 7-0-0 in his past seven starts against Columbus...Seth Jones played a game-high 29:35...Boone Jenner and Josh Anderson each tallied two points...
Artemi Panarin missed the game due to illness. The Blue Jackets were also without Markus Hannikainen and Ryan Murray.
The Blue Jackets head to Ottawa to take on the NHL-worst Senators at 7:00 PM EST on Friday night.