Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder posted two goals and an assist to lead the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Brian Gionta gave a goal and an assist while Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens, who won for a fourth time in their past five games. Peter Budaj stopped 33 shots in the win.
The win allowed Montreal to stay a point ahead of Boston, which defeated New Jersey on Thursday, for first place in the Northeast Division and second place in the Eastern Conference, just three points back of Pittsburgh for the top spot in the conference.
Winnipeg, meanwhile, has dropped a season-high five consecutive games and now finds itself tied with Washington for first place in the Southeast Division.
Alexander Burmistrov scored the lone goal of the game for the Jets, who saw goaltender Ondrej Pavelec gave up all four goals on 24 shots.