Bourque's winner came on a tip-in just in front of the net. The puck drifted in front of the crease and Shawn Matthias couldn't clear it for Florida. Instead, it bounced off goalie Jose Theodore's pad and Bourque poked it in.
Carey Price made 26 saves for his 17th career shutout and second against the Panthers. The Canadiens won their second straight on the road.
Theodore stopped 31 shots against his former team but the Panthers lost their third in a row.
There was little offense through a sluggish first two periods. Theodore saved a potential goal with 2:15 left in the first when he made a glove save on a point-blank shot by Brandon Prust.
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The action picked up in the third, with the Panthers tallying 13 shots -- one fewer than they managed through the first two periods. Price withstood a barrage about 8 minutes into the period when the Panthers fired off five shots from in close in less than a minute.
NOTES: Panthers RW Kris Versteeg was scratched with an upper-body injury. ... Theodore played 353 games for Montreal from 1996-06. ... Canadiens D Andrei Markov has 10 points, all on the power play.
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