VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Montreal center Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal without touching the puck and the Canadiens earned a 4-1 win in Vancouver on Saturday night.
With no Canadiens players in the vicinity, Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis misplayed a breakout pass, banking the puck off goaltender Roberto Luongo into his own net with three minutes left in the second period, putting Montreal up 2-1. From that point on, it was all Habs.
The Canadiens are now 5-0-1 in their last six games against Vancouver and Luongo is 2-6-0 in his last eight meetings with the team from his hometown.
After starting the season killing 18 straight penalties, Vancouver surrendered two power play goals. Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty and center Tomas Plekanec netted the power-play markers, scoring them in the first and third periods, respectively.
Montreal's power play went 2-for-3 on the night.
The Canucks started the game well, outshooting the Canadiens 14-9 after the first period, yet were down 1-0 after a Pacioretty power-play goal at 5:43.
Henrik Sedin tied up the game at 13:12 of second period, three minutes before Hamhuis made his gaffe to give the Canadiens a 2-1 advantage.
Plekanec and Josh Gorges added third-period goals to make it 4-1.
Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban tallied his fourth assist in the last two games following a three assist night against Edmonton on Thursday and Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz tallied two assists as well.
The Canucks outshot the Canadiens 40-38 on the night.
NOTES: Vancouver RW Zack Kassian returned to play his first game of the season after serving his eight-game suspension for high sticking Edmonton C Sam Gagner. ... Vancouver D Alex Edler served the first game of his three-game suspension for an illegal hit on Sharks C Tomas Hertl. ... Montreal RW Brendan Gallagher played in front of family and friends in the city where he grew up and played four years with the Vancouver Giants. ... Montreal captain Brian Gionta did not play in the game as he returned home for family reasons.