Max Pacioretty scored two goals and set up another as the Montreal Canadiens halted their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 home triumph over the New York Rangers on Sunday.
David Desharnais recorded a tally and two assists, Mike Blunden also scored and Erik Cole collected three assists for Montreal, which won at home for just the fourth time in 12 contests and extended its winning streak against the Rangers at the Bell Centre to six games.
Pacioretty opened the scoring just over 2 1/2 minutes into the game by firing a loose puck past Henrik Lundqvist from the left hash marks.
John Mitchell forged a tie with 7:11 remaining in the first period as he backhanded a rebound into the net from the doorstep. But Pacioretty capped his second two-goal performance of the season, and put the Canadiens ahead for good, less than four minutes into the second when Cole's shot from above the slot deflected off him and past Lundqvist.
Peter Budaj made 28 saves in just his sixth start of the season and Rene Bourque made his Montreal debut after being acquired from the Calgary Flames on Thursday.
Lundqvist stopped 25 shots for New York, which had its four-game road winning streak snapped. The Rangers have lost seven of their last nine overall meetings with the Canadiens.