David Desharnais and the Montreal Canadiens saw an opening when Zdeno Chara went to the penalty box, and they certainly made the most of it.
Max Pacioretty scored the tying goal in the third period and Desharnais put Montreal ahead to stay, leading the Canadiens to a 4-3 comeback win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top teams.
Both goals came with Chara sitting in the penalty box.
''It's big,'' said Desharnais, who also scored in the first period. ''He's a key player for them. For him to not be on the ice is good for us, and we took advantage of it.''
Tomas Plekanec had the other goal for the Canadiens, who jumped two points ahead of Boston for first overall in the conference.
Last season Montreal finished out of the playoffs, 28th in the 30-team league. This year, the Canadiens are off to a 14-4-4 start.
''We're coming from a long way,'' Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. ''Everyone knows if we stick to our plan, we've got a chance t...