New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Peter Budaj stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Montreal Canadiens posted a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday.
Thanks to Budaj's first shutout of the season and goals from Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk, the Canadiens won their fourth straight road game since taking a 3-2 loss in Calgary on Oct. 9.
"It was a great team victory," Budaj said. "We did the little things right."
Meanwhile, the Rangers continued to struggle as they lost for the sixth time in the past eight games and have scored just 11 goals over that span. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 stops in the loss.
It was New York's home opener as the team began the season with a nine-game road trip due to a $1 billion renovation project at Madison Square Garden.
"It's fun to play here again," Lundqvist said. "It was a disappointing loss but it was great to be back."
Montreal got the only goal it needed at 16:34 of the second period while on the power play. Michael Bournival skated into the zone down the middle and sent the puck over to his left for Plekanec, who skated to the front and switched to the backhand before stuffing it in for his sixth goal of the season.
Budaj turned aside 14 shots in the second period after making seven in the first, and helped his team kill off a pair of power plays in the third, including one after a slashing call on Andrei Markov with 7:19 to play.
The Canadiens sealed the win with 2:51 left after a turnover in their own end resulted in a 2-on-1 the other way. Galchenyuk took the puck in down the left wing and passed it to the front for Lars Eller, who sent a backhand pass over to the left where the puck went off Galchenyuk's right skate and in.
Budaj has 11 shutouts in his career ... Montreal hosts Dallas on Tuesday ... The Canadiens took all three games against the Rangers last season and have won six of the last seven contests ... The Rangers next play the Islanders on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.