The skinny: Michael Bournival and Rene Bourque scored the goals and Carey Price’s 26-save performance was complemented by a strong defensive effort from his teammates as the Canadiens defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The win evened the Canadiens’ record at home at 4-4-0 and they are 8-5-0 overall.

Net presence: Bourque proved that good things happen when players take residence around the net. He gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead when he scored on the rebound of a shot by Raphael Diaz. Keri Lehtonen made the stop on Diaz, but left a rebound in front.

Bournival keeps rolling: Rookie Bournival was credited with the game’s first goal when he deflected Diaz’s shot from the point. It was Bournival’s third goal of the season Bournival also has four assists and has at least one point in six of the past seven games.

Saving grace: Price turned in a strong effort as he made 26 saves. Cody Eakin scored the lone Dallas goal with a shot off the rush as he crossed the blue line at 17:27 of the second period. Price was particularly good on shots from close range and his teammates helped out by blocking 29 shots. Andrei Markov led the way with four blocks, but 16 different players had at least one block.

Hit man: Douglas Murray is settling into his role as a physical defenceman. In his second start, Murray was credited with a game-high six hits, including back-to-back hits on Antoine Roussel and Lane McDermid on the same shift in the third period. He also blocked three shots.

Old King Cole: Erik Cole faced the Canadiens for the first time since he was traded to the Stars on Feb. 26. He managed only one shot on goal and was on the ice for both of Montreal’s goals.