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Canadiens end long losing skid with 3-2 victory over Blue Jackets

Francis Bouillon also scored for Montreal, which moved into a tie with Toronto for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens entered the having dropped from fourth place to ninth in the standings with an 8-17-1 record since Dec. 23.

Rookie Jaroslav Halak was vying to become the fourth Montreal goalie to register a shutout in his first NHL start until Columbus scored twice in a 3:03 span late in the third period on goals by Nikolai Zherdev and Gilbert Brule.

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The Blue Jackets have lost six of their last eight games.