20 minutes does it
Dead in the water and trailing on Mikkel Boedker's goal after two periods, the Canadiens came to life in the third.
Outshooting the Coyotes 14-5, the Canadiens got power-play goals from Andrei Markov and Max Pacioretty to take the lead.
An empty-netter by Pacioretty came with three seconds left.
Carey Price made 21 saves through two periods en route to 26 on the game and First Star honours.
Three in the third
On an early-period power play, Andrei Markov blasted the puck through Mike Smith to get the Canadiens on the board.
Max Pacioretty's 13th, on another power play, was the winner.
Max-Pac scored into an empty net to seal the deal
Signs of life
The Canadiens killed a double minor to Brandon Prust.
Max Pacioretty hit the post behind Mike Smith on a power play.
Alex Galchenyuk forced Smith into a flamboyant glove save on a one-timer from in tight.
A 10-7 shot advantage, but still no goals.
First-period woes continue
The Canadiens haven't scored a first-period goal in their last six games.
Mikkel Boedker got Phoenix on the board, beating Carey Price with one of 15 shots the Canadiens' goaltender faced. The Canadiens blocked 12 shots, and six missed the net.
Mike Smith made 3 saves. His teammates blocked four and three shots missed the net.
Domination ... on home ice.
Lock up the lambs, the Coyotes are in town.
Phoenix has not visited the Bell Centre since Oct. 25, 2010.
The Canadiens won 3-2. The hero in Overtime?
Sometimes, when the moon is full and the wind is blowing from the general direction of Belarus, I wonder what happened to dear old AK46.
Canadiens fans wondering what happened to Mike Ribeiro, Kyle Chipchura and Jeff Halpern get their answers at the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
This is the Canadiens' last home game of 2013.
Lines at morning skate: Galchenyuk-Plekanec-Gionta
• Speaking of the Canadiens' anemic offence – which we weren't, because it's too depressing – fan Andy Kirstein notes "if you take away 27's goal in Philly with the goalie pulled and 6 skaters and 67's goal in Long Island at 4 in 4, we haven't scored a 5 on 5 goal since the 2nd period against Buffalo last Saturday."
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