Winning streak ends
Nashville outshot the Canadiens 37-29 en route to an entertaining 2-1 win.
Goals by Shea Weber, during a first period power play, and Brendan Gallagher's fourth, in the second period, set up a tense final 20 minutes.
Lars Eller's goal, early in the third, was disallowed, and the teams settled down into a tight-checking battle that looked destined for OT.
But a poor clear by Travis Moen set off a sequence that ended with rookie defenceman Seth Jones driving toward the net and beating Carey Price.
The Canadiens goaltender was heroic in defeat, with 35 saves.
Pekka Rinne made 28 stops for Nashville.
The Canadiens lost Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust to injuries.
Jones wins it
With a nifty toe drag and a sweet shot, highly heralded rookie Seth Jones scored the only goal of the third period to break a 1-1 tie.
The winning goal came with 87 seconds left and the game headed for OT.
Should be a dandy third
Brendan Gallagher's fourth of the young season was the second period's only goal.
Gallagher benefited from some intense close-in work by Lars Eller and Michaël Bournival.
The latter finds himself on a line with David Desharnais and Rene Bourque after a hard check knocked Daniel Brière out of the game.
Nashville outshot the Canadiens 16-11 during the period.
Carey Price has faced 30 shots through 40 minutes.
Nashville had the home team on its heels for most of the game's first 20 minutes.
Shea Weber banked a shot in off Josh Gorges during a power play for the only goal thus far.
It was Nashville's 10th shot of the game. At that point, 12:31 in, the Canadiens had one shot on massive Pekka Rinne.
Shot totals for the period: Nashville 14 - Canadiens 6
Great young Dmen ... on both teams
P.K. Subban leads NHL defencemen in scoring and is seventh – behind six forwards – in the overall points race.
You won't find Seth Jones' name among the league leaders. Nashville's first choice, fourth overall, in the 2013 draft has a goal and two assists.
But Jones is averaging 23:46 of ice time per game, and hockey's punditocracy is raving about the kid.
The Canadiens haven't played Nashville since a Nov. 12, 2011 visit to Music City. Peter Budaj made 25 saves to out duel Pekka Rinne in a 2-1 win.
• Pre-game reading: An interesting take on P.K.