Third-period goals – shorthanded by Eric Staal and an empty-netter by Jason Zucker – sealed the deal.
Max Pacioretty opened the scoring with his 14th, a shorty two minutes into the second period.
Jubilation lasted five minutes before Jordan Schroeder circled the Canadiens net and beat Carey Price short side.
Three minutes later, Artturi Lehkonen cashed the rebound of a Tomas Plekanec shot for his seventh of the season .. and fifth in December.
At 15:43, Jared Spurgeon tied it up, completing a nifty O-zone passing play that baffled CH defenders.
Shots were 34-27 for the home team.
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Holiday greetings from the Canadiens.
LOVE the Markov part: