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The Canadiens continue to find ways to put the puck in the net with contributions coming from everybody

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

BOSTON - When you get scoring up and down your lineup, you typically put yourself in a good position to come away with a win.

After Brendan Gallagher broke a scoreless game open with his third goal of the year at the 11:41 mark of the middle frame on Saturday night, it was Phillip Danault, Paul Byron and Torrey Mitchell who chipped in with goals the rest of the way en route to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Not only was it the Canadiens' third victory in a row, but also the ninth straight time they'd come out on top in Boston in regular-season play, with their last defeat coming on January 12, 2012.

"The three of them were great," said Gallagher, regarding the effort Danault, Byron and Mitchell put forward on Saturday night. "All year, we've been relying on them. We've been rolling four lines pretty consistently, and it helps everyone. Everyone's a little fresher and getting the job done, so it helps."

That has certainly shown up on the scoresheet, with Michel Therrien's troops outscoring their opponents by a 13-4 margin dating back to their 4-0 shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the home opener on October 18. They're also averaging a league-leading four goals per game right now, too, right alongside the high-flying Edmonton Oilers, and 13 different players have put up a number in the goal column already as well.

On Saturday night, though, it wasn't the big guns putting up the bigger goals, which Therrien focused on and praised following the win.

"Our support players did some exceptional work tonight," said Therrien, lauding the work of Byron and Mitchell, in particular, in his postgame press conference. "In my mind, [Paul Byron is] one of the fastest players in the NHL. We got to know him last year and we were really satisfied with his season. He's a player who's capable of creating scoring chances and scoring, even on the penalty kill… [Torrey Mitchell is] a warrior. He played good hockey."

Byron's awesome speed was on full display for his short-handed tally, but Mitchell's effort to light the lamp behind Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin after taking a high stick to the face from David Krejci was something that really caught his teammates' attention and turned plenty of heads on the bench.

Video: MTL@BOS: Byron scores awesome solo goal shorthanded

"That was a big, big goal for us," mentioned Byron, referencing the fact that Mitchell's unassisted goal with 7:13 remaining in regulation time put the Canadiens up by two goals at a time when the Bruins were pressing for the equalizer. "He took a stick in the face and continued to make the play for the goal. It was a big moment for us. That was the goal of the game."

Video: MTL@BOS: Mitchell nets backhander after turnover

So, what's been the Canadiens' secret to putting the puck in the net with regularity through the first nine days of the regular season?

"It's just important for us to stick to our systems and stick to our structure. Some nights there is only going to be one. Some nights there are going to be five. Just let the game dictate how it's going to go," explained Gallagher, who sits tied with Mitchell for the Canadiens' goal-scoring lead on the year. "It's important for us not to get overwhelmed [by our success] and keep playing our style of hockey. Right now, it's going well."

As for the Canadiens' ongoing dominance in Massachusetts, Gallagher isn't taking that for granted, either.

"It's a fun place to play. I think everyone gets excited coming into this building. It's always fun when the fans are on you. It makes for a fun atmosphere," shared the Canadiens' No. 11. "We've been fortunate to be able to have some success here. It doesn't mean the next one is going to go that way, so you just continue to play hard. We played a pretty good road game. We got away from it at times, but Pricer [Carey Price] bailed us out and the penalty kill bailed us out. It's something to build on, for sure."

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