Brett Kulak scored the opening goal for the Canadiens.
The Canadiens will be without yet another veteran leader when they take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto at 7 p.m. (CBC, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).
Phillip Danault is the latest Hab to leave the lineup because of an injury following a concussion he suffered Thursday against the Leafs. With three games remaining in the season, that may be all she wrote for the centre until the playoffs.
Danault joins an already crowded sick bay that includes captain Shea Weber, Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron. Tomas Tatar returned Thursday night after missing time with an upper-body injury.
With a major piece missing up the middle, that means even more responsibility will be foisted on the shoulders of their young centre trio of Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jake Evans.
Alex Belzile enters the lineup for his first game of the season.