COLUMBUS (NHL.com) - David Desharnais scored the only goal of the shootout, Peter Budaj stopped all three attempts by the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Montreal Canadiens won 3-2 Friday at Nationwide Arena.
Montreal (9-8-2) is 2-3-2 in its past seven games. Columbus has one win in nine games (1-5-3) and lost two straight overtime games before Friday.
Curtis McElhinney had 38 saves (all in regulation) for the Blue Jackets; Budaj faced 25 shots, including four in overtime when he denied Brandon Dubinsky and Nikita Nikitin with less than 15 seconds to play.
The Canadiens fell behind 2-0 then rallied with a goal late in the first by Galchenyuk and a power-play score early in the second by Eller.
Eller was to the right of goal to collect a rebound of a shot by Daniel Briere and bank it off McElhinney at 7:34.
Montreal dominated the rest of the second period until the late stages, outshooting Columbus 15-1 in the first 17 minutes until the Blue Jackets had the final four shots.
A wild first period with crazy bounces and plays ended fittingly with a goal by Galchenyuk with 7.8 seconds left to leave the Canadiens trailing 2-1.
A glaring turnover by Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin at his blue line -- he whiffed in trying to send the puck up ice to finish the period -- resulted in a break for Galchenyuk. Tyutin recovered and was going to be called for hooking but Galchenyuk maintained control of the puck to beat McElhinney for his fourth goal.
The play salvaged the period for the Canadiens, who despite a 14-10 advantage in shots gave up two quick goals.
Umberger made it 1-0 at 15:33 with a shot from a bad angle from the low left circle near the side wall. He was helped by a screen from Michael Chaput, and Budaj was unable to see the puck as it went off his pads and trickled into the goal.
The Blue Jackets scored again at 17:12 with Anisimov getting credit for a weird goal off a sequence that began with David Savard's shot from the right point hitting the post. He got the puck back and sent it across the ice to Nikitin. The defenseman teed the puck but fell down only to swat it behind him.
Anisimov then took a whack and the puck went airborne off a Montreal stick. Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll was checked into Budaj and both went to the ice. Boll was on his back when the shot from Anisimov bounced at the edge of the crease and went by Budaj before he could regain his skates.
The Blue Jackets announced before the game that right wing Marian Gaborik would miss at least a month with a sprained knee sustained late in the game Thursday at the Boston Bruins. Gaborik was third on the team in points with 11 and tied for the team lead with five goals.
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