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Pacioretty scores 2 goals in 1st period, lifts Canadiens over Blue Jackets 3-1

  • Montreal Canadiens' Dale Weise, left, collides with Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Dale Weise, left, collides with Columbus Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save on Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save on Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

  • Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney keeps his eyes on the puck as he makes a save on the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney keeps his eyes on the puck as he makes a save on the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Montreal. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)  (The Associated Press)

Max Pacioretty scored twice in the first period, and the Montreal Canadiens held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night to snap a two-game skid.

Tomas Plekanec added an empty-net goal for the Canadiens, and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for his 33rd win of the season.

Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets, who got a 21-save performance from Curtis McElhinney.

Montreal, which avoided its first three-game losing streak since early December, is 32-3-1 when its opponents score two goals or fewer.