Nicolas Deslauriers answered back for Montreal just 2:50 later off of an unassisted wrister, while Alex Galchenyuk ripped one home on the power play at 8:51 to give the Canadiens a 3-2 lead.
The Bruins have gone more than a month without losing in regulation time, producing a 9-0-3 record in that span, with the latest coming against their former head coach, Claude Julien.
But for those looking for their first complete look at the local hockey team, you'll be happy to learn that the B's won't find themselves matched up against anybody 'cept the Canadiens when these teams meet again next Wednesday in Boston.
Danault was moving and speaking to medical staff before he left the ice, receiving an ovation from the Bell Centre crowd. He was to remain hospitalized overnight. "Regardless if it's your own team or the other team, no one wants to see injuries like that. The plan is to keep him in hospital and re-evaluate him (on Sunday)".
Chara understandably was left shaken by the incident and was the first player to have words with Danault as he was taken off the ice.
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"I was hoping that he was not hurt", said Chara.
"I wanted to make sure he was OK and was responding".
3 - Number of consecutive games in which captain Max Pacioretty has found the back of the net after getting the Canadiens on the board early on Saturday night with his 11th goal of the season at the 3:22 mark of the opening frame.
DeBrusk was sent in alone by Charlie McAvoy to beat Price with a high shot 2:55 into the second.
Jakub Jerabek swiped at and missed a bouncing puck and Krejci pounced on it and beat Price from close range at 17:42.