MONTREAL — Paul Byron scored the game-winner with just over a minute remaining to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
Byron poked home the rebound of an Alexander Radulov shot at 18:58 of the third period. The Bruins challenged for goaltender interference, but the call stood.
Shea Weber and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, while Radulov picked up two assists.
Colin Miller and David Pastrnak connected for the Bruins.
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.
Rookie netminder Zane McIntyre, making his second NHL start, made 20 saves for Boston (7-6-0).
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.
The scoresheet finally saw some action in a crazy sequence in which the teams combined for three goals in 70 seconds.
Montreal’s power play connected for the first time in five games to break the scoreless draw at 3:58 of the second period. Tomas Plekanec fed a backhander to Weber at the point, who sent another backhander over to Andrei Markov on the right side before returning it to Weber for the blast. The goal was the defenseman’s fifth goal of the season, four of which have come with the man advantage.
Fifty seconds later, Miller tied it when his shot from the left point hit the end boards before bouncing back out to hit the back of Price’s leg and trickle into the net.
Galchenyuk’s hustle allowed the Canadiens to regain the lead just 20 seconds after that. Radulov lobbed a light pass to a streaking Galchenyuk, and the 22-year-old lifted a backhander over McIntyre.
The Bruins tied it on the power play at 6:38 of the third period. Defenseman John-Michael Liles fed Pastrnak in the left circle for the one-timer that went top shelf, giving Boston its fourth power play tally in its past two games.