The Montreal Canadiens jumped back into first place in the Northeast Division by avoiding a third straight loss their last time out.
They may have a good chance to get on another roll starting Saturday night when they look to continue their domination of the slumping and offensively challenged New York Rangers.
The Canadiens (21-7-5) have been off since Wednesday, when they defeated Boston 6-5 in a shootout to move one point ahead of the Bruins for the top spot in the division. Montreal erased a two-goal third-period deficit, getting the equalizer from Andrei Markov with 8.2 seconds left.
''When you get down two goals twice and come back (with) two goals you have a lot of character,'' said rookie right wing Brendan Gallagher, who scored in the third and added the shootout winner. ''It's great to see it.''
Montreal had managed one goal over its past two games before scoring three times in the third Wednesday.
''In the third, we knew we had to change it up a bit and start getting...