Steve Shutt reached the 30-goal mark for the ninth straight season and Ryan Walter put Montreal ahead to stay as the Canadiens beat the Bruins, 3-1, in Boston last night.

All the scoring was in the second period except Mark Napier's goal into an empty net with 23 seconds left.

Rick Middleton's power-play goal put Boston ahead at 1:24 of the second period, Shutt tied the score at 5:42 and Walter got the game-winning goal at 12:35.

The victory was Montreal's second in its last six games and ended the Bruins' three-game winning streak. They have lost only two of their last 27 home games.

Shutt, who holds the Montreal record for consecutive 30-goal seasons, beat goalie Marco Baron with a 20-foot backhander from the slot.

Larry Robinson, who assisted on that goal, helped set up Walter's 26th with a slap shot from the left point. Baron stopped the drive, but the rebound came out to Walter, who lifted a backhander over Baron from 10 feet out.

Middleton's 39th goal came after he bore in on goalie Rick Wamsley, took a pass from Keith Crowder and tapped in the puck. Napier finished the scoring with his 34th goal, Guy Carbonneau assisting.

Wamsley turned aside 20 shots. Baron, replacing the flu-stricken Pete Peeters for the fourth straight game, made 35 saves.