Brad Marchant scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Alex Galchenyuk scored his 100th career goal while Max Pacioretty, Nicolas Deslauriers scored in regulation time for Montreal (18-20-5). Marchand, Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci replied for the Bruins (24-10-7), who are 9-0-3 in their last 12 games.
It was Montreal coach Claude Julien's first game against his former team since he was fired by Boston last Feb. 7, only to be hired by the Canadiens a week later.
The Bruins outshot Montreal 29-25 in regulation time and 32-30 overall.
Victor Mete, in his first game back after helping Canada win world junior championship gold, picked up an assist 3:22 into the game when the rebound of his point shot was tucked inside the post by Pacioretty. The Canadiens captain got a third goal in as many games.
Marchand was left alone in front on a power play to take a feed from Patrice Bergeron and score his 18th of the season at 17:11.
DeBrusk was sent in alone by Charlie McAvoy to beat Carey Price with a high shot 2:55 into the second frame. Deslauriers picked up a loose puck at the Boston blue line and beat Tuukka Rask with a low shot from the slot at 5:45.
Galchenyuk took a diagonal feed from Jonathan Drouin in the right circle and beat Rask with a wrist shot under the crossbar on a power play at 8:51.
Jakub Jerabek swiped at and missed a bouncing puck and Krejci pounced on it and beat Price from close range at 17:42.
There was a scary moment at 18:23 of the second period when a Zdeno Chara point shot hit Phillip Danault in the side of the head. The 24-year-old Canadiens centre was attended to by medical staff on the ice for about five minutes before being taken away on a stretcher. Officials opted to play the final 1:37 of the second period after the intermission, before the start of the third.
The Canadiens issued a statement during the third period that said: "Danault suffered a head injury. He was taken to the hospital for further exams. He is awake and moving."