Montreal managed to stay one point in front of Boston for the lead in the Northeast Division. Winnipeg, however, suffered its fifth straight loss and fell back into a tie with Washington for the top spot in the Southeast Division.
Ryder forged a 1-1 tie on the power play with 9:13 to go in the opening period and then gave the Canadiens the lead 2:03 into the second. Brian Gionta and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, which won for the fourth time in five games and improved its home record to 12-4-3.
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