Rookie Patrice Bergeron continued his hot start with his third goal and Felix Potvin made 23 saves for his 29th career shutout as the Boston Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 Tuesday night for their sixth win in seven games.
Mike Knuble also scored for the Bruins (6-2-2-0), who outshot Montreal (5-5-0-0) 33-23, including 10-3 in the first period.
Mathieu Garon made 31 saves for the Canadiens, who were shutout for the second night in a row following a 5-0 loss Monday in Philadelphia and lost their third straight.
Other than Sheldon Souray, who scored twice in a 6-2 loss to Ottawa at home Saturday, the Canadiens have not scored in 182 minutes and 22 seconds since Andreas Dackell recorded one at 17:38 of the third in a 3-0 win against the Islanders last Thursday.
Potvin had a second straight stellar outing, following a 26-save performance in a 3-1 win at Colorado last Tuesday, to post his first shutout of the season.
Sergei Samsonov, Martin Lapointe, Joe Thornton and Glen Murray had assists for the Bruins.
Boston opened the scoring on the power play at 10:27 of the first when Bergeron batted a rebound out of the air and past Garon for his third goal of the year.
Knuble put Boston ahead 2-0 at 10:09 of the second. Murray had the puck roll off his stick with an open net before he corralled it and gave it to Thornton behind the net. Thornton immediately fed it out front to Knuble, who banged home his fifth of the year.
Potvin stopped Habs defenceman Craig Rivet on three good scoring chances in the third to preserve his shutout. He made a glove stop on a wrister from the high slot and a pad save seconds later on a slap shot from the point during the Canadiens lone power play of the game early in the third, and he also stopped Rivet from point-blank range just before the midway point of the period.
Waiver acquisition Darren Langdon made his Canadiens debut and it took him less than nine minutes to make his presence felt, fighting to a draw with Bruins tough guy Sandy McCarthy.
NOTES: Canadiens winger Niklas Sundstrom was a healthy scratch to make room for Langdon, and defenceman Ron Hainsey joined him in the press box . . . Ted Donato was a healthy scratch for Boston.