Brian Gionta scored in the shootout to give the Canadiens a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin failed to beat Carey Price as he held on for his career-high 25th win of the season. Price made the overtime possible ith big saves on Ovechkin and Jason Chimera in the dying minutes of the game.

It was a big night for Gionta, who scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season in the second period to tie the score at 2-2.

Gionta had a 2-on-1 break with Andrei Kostitsyn when he beat Semyon Varlamov with a 30-foot slapshot at 8:28.

And the new line combination featuring Gionta and Tomas Plekanec paid dividends when Plekanec took the puck off defenceman John Carlson in the neutral zone and sent Gionta into the clear for a breakaway at 17:22. A minute earlier, Price came up big when he made saves on Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Knuble during a goalmouth scramble.

The Capitals grabbed an early lead on first-period goals by Drummondville native Mathieu Perreault and Knuble.

Perreault picked up a loose puck after the Canadiens failed to control a clearing pass in the neutral zone. He beat Price with a shot from the far side of the faceoff circle at 2:29.