Montreal 3, Boston 2
When: 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
MONTREAL – – (Wire Service Report) – Paul Byron was given an opportunity and the speedy winger made the most of it.
Promoted to the top line as an injury replacement, Byron poked home the rebound of an Alexander Radulov shot at 18:58 of the third period to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins challenged for goaltender interference, but the call stood.
It was a big night for the Canadiens’ top unit, with each member picking up a pair of points.
“Coming here to Montreal, Mike’s given me lots of opportunity to play up and down the line-up and any time I get a chance to play with those guys, I try to make the most of it,” said Byron, who was picked up off waivers in October 2015. “I know I’m a complete player so I can play anywhere up and down the line-up.”
Shea Weber and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, while Radulov picked up two assists.
Colin Miller and David Pastrnak connected for the Bruins (7-6-0).
Carey Price stopped 41 shots for the Canadiens (11-1-1), who gave up more than 40 shots for the third time in their past four games.
“We deserved better,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “I think we deserved much more than we got tonight. Disappointing in a way and encouraging in another that we played this well on a back-to-back game, in this type of situation. If we keep the same attitude and focus, we’ll win more than we’ll lose playing this way.”
The Canadiens were in control to start, putting up a 4-1 shot advantage early one. Then the Bruins found their legs, outshooting Montreal 14-5 by period’s end. Price was up to the task, denying Dominic Moore from in close on his left side and later stopping Riley Nash on a wraparound attempt.