Manny Malhotra scored his first goal with the Canadiens, Carey Price made 30 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and Montreal beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Saturday night.
David Desharnais had two goals, and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal (41-16-5), which has won four in a row and 14 of 19.
The Maple Leafs (25-32-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Price, the NHL leader in save percentage and goals-against average, earned his 31st career shutout. Toronto outshot the Canadiens 30-23.
Malhotra scored his in his 53rd game with Montreal at 5:00 of the first period when he took a drop pass from Dale Weise and beat Jonathan Bernier from close range.