January 25, 2016 11:19 pm

Canadiens struggles continue, fall to Blues Jackets 5-2

Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson, left, celebrates with teammate Boone Jenner after Atkinson scored his third goal of the game.

AP Photo/Paul Vernon

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cam Atkinson had his third-career hat trick and Brandon Saad scored twice to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the struggling Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Atkinson’s linemates Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner each had three assists and rookie Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 32 shots.

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Montreal’s P.K. Subban tied it 2-2 midway through the second, but Columbus scored three goals in the third, including a go-ahead score from Saad 9:06 into the period.

Subban and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist and Mike Condon made 20 saves for Montreal, which hasn’t won consecutive games since late November.

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Columbus played a second straight game without coach John Tortorella after he broke two ribs falling after a collision with a player at practice Friday.

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