The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

MONTREAL (PC) -- Rene Bourque scored in the second period and Carey Price made 26 saves as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Dallas Stars 2-1 in the NHL on Tuesday night.

Michael Bournival also scored for Montreal (8-5-0), which has won three of its last four games.

Cody Eakin replied for Dallas (5-6-1), which remained last in the Central Division.

Dallas outshot the Canadiens 27-24.

Both teams had played the night before, with Montreal winning 2-0 in New York and the Stars taking a 4-3 decision in coach Lindy Ruff's return to Buffalo. Neither side had a lot of energy.

The Canadiens struck first as Raphael Diaz lofted a wrist shot from the point to the far post that Bournival tipped off defenceman Stephane Robidas and past Kari Lehtonen at 12:02 of the first. The rookie Bournival has three goals and four assists in his last seven games.

Bourque put in a Diaz rebound 12:55 into the middle frame.

Dallas struck back when Eakin used P.K. Subban as a screen and fooled Price with a medium speed wrist shot from outside the circles at 17:27.

The Stars pressed for the equalizer in the third period but ran into a Montreal side playing conservative, defensive hockey.

Notes: Travis Moen, who took a puck in the face Saturday, sat out a second game, so Louis Leblanc played. . . Montreal's injured include Max Pacioretty, Daniel Briere, Brandon Prust and Alexei Emelin. . . Ryan Garbutt, Kevin Connauton and Travis Morin were scratched for Dallas. . . Ryan White and Michael Blunden each played his 100th NHL game.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:02MTL Michael Bournival (3) ASST: Raphael Diaz (5), Tomas Plekanec (5) 1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
12:55MTL Rene Bourque (4) ASST: Raphael Diaz (6) 2 - 0 MTL
17:27DAL Cody Eakin (3) ASST: Brenden Dillon (3) 2 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Carey Price
Carey Price
SA: 27TOI: 59:57
GA: 1EV: 25-26
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: .963SH: 0-0
Michael Bournival
Michael Bournival
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:09
Alex Chiasson
Alex Chiasson
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:54
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:40MTL Francis Bouillon  Fighting (maj) against  Antoine Roussel
10:40DAL Antoine Roussel  Fighting (maj) against  Francis Bouillon
17:06DAL Shawn Horcoff  Hooking against  Alex Galchenyuk
2nd Period
10:26DAL Alex Goligoski  Hi-sticking against  Lars Eller
3rd Period
05:19DAL Trevor Daley  Holding against  Rene Bourque
11:48MTL Douglas Murray  Interference against  Jamie Benn
17:39MTL Brendan Gallagher  Interference on goalkeeper against  Kari Lehtonen
17:39DAL Kari Lehtonen  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/10/3
Faceoff Wins3334
Blocked Shots1129
Penalty Minutes139
3S. RobidasD00-11019:53
4B. DillonD01-10019:01
6T. DaleyD0001218:54
10S. HorcoffC0001216:02
12A. ChiassonR0015019:54
13R. WhitneyL0011016:57
14J. BennL00-22017:02
17R. PeverleyC0002017:57
20C. EakinC1012019:26
21A. RousselL0000511:06
24J. BennD0002021:19
28L. MacDermidL000005:19
33A. GoligoskiD0000222:30
38V. FiddlerC000208:13
43V. NichushkinR0002014:51
55S. GoncharD0004017:28
72E. ColeL00-21012:12
91T. SeguinC00-21014:39
32K. Lehtonen2224.91759:17
6D. MurrayD0000212:00
11B. GallagherR00-11216:15
14T. PlekanecC0111018:00
17R. BourqueR1013017:24
21B. GiontaR0013018:41
26J. GorgesD0020018:42
27A. GalchenyukC00-11014:56
45M. BlundenR000006:58
49M. BournivalL1014017:09
51D. DesharnaisC0010016:50
53R. WhiteC0000010:30
55F. BouillonD0002518:45
61R. DiazD0221019:55
71L. LeblancC0011014:39
76P. SubbanD00-12025:09
79A. MarkovD00-12025:44
81L. EllerC00-13017:23
82P. HollandR000007:03
31C. Price2627.96359:57