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Max Pacioretty inspires a comeback for the Montreal Canadiens, while the Anaheim Ducks crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Montreal Canadiens came from behind to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL on Wednesday, while the Anaheim Ducks cruised to victory.

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The Montreal Canadiens scored three goals in the last nine minutes to edge out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Wednesday to increase the pressure on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After the Anaheim Ducks drew level with the Nashville Predators at the top of the Western Conference in the NHL, the Canadiens moved within a point of the East's Atlantic division-leading Lightning with an impressive late turnaround in Columbus.

The home-town Blue Jackets led 2-0 with just half a period remaining at the Nationwide Arena but Max Pacioretty turned the game around for Montreal, who registered their 27th win of the season.

Pacioretty struck less than two minutes after Ryan Johansen gave Columbus a two-goal advantage, before P.K. Subban levelled the scores in the 15th minute of the third period.

A minute later and Pacioretty put the Canadiens in front with Montreal's third straight power-play goal, as the visitors notched their first victory in three games.

With Tampa Bay (58 points) having lost their past two matches, Montreal (57) advanced to within touching distance of top spot in the Atlantic standings.

In the West, Anaheim only trail the Predators on games won, with the two teams locked on 62 points, following the Ducks 4-0 thumping of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Corey Perry struck a hat-trick for the Ducks, while Frederik Andersen made 28 saves to register a shutout.

Jason Chimera struck in just the fourth minute to give the Washington Capitals a 1-0 triumph against the Philadelphia Flyers, while Steve Bernier hit the back of the net twice in the New Jersey Devils 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

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