Steve Shutt scored twice in the opening period last night to help the Canadiens extend their undefeated streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota North Stars in Montreal.
Shutt back-handed a shot past rookie goalie Mike Sands, making his NHL debut, to tie the score, 1-1, at 3:06. Less than two minutes later, Shutt scored again on a power play.
Dennis Maruk tied the score at 10:51 with a 20-foot drive that eluded Montreal goalie Doug Soetaert.
The Canadiens took a 3-2 lead three minutes later when Mark Hunter scored his first of the season on a power play, sending a 30-foot drive past Sands. Pierre Mondou assisted on the goal to earn his 400th point as a Canadien and become only the 25th Montreal player to reach that plateau.
The Canadiens took a two-goal lead at 11:10 of the middle period, when Chris Nilan deflected a shot by Guy Carbonneau into the net.
Minnesota managed only 13 shots on goal, Montreal 34.
Keith Acton, another former Canadien, was clipped in the eye with a high stick with 37 seconds left in the contest and had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher. No penalty was assessed on the play.