Charlie Lindgren had 38 saves in his first career shutout, helping the Canadiens beat Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Sunday night.
With Carey Price sidelined by a minor lower-body injury and Al Montoya coming off a 19-save performance Saturday night in a 5-4 overtime win at Winnipeg, Julien turned to Lindgren for Montreal's third game in four nights. The Lakeville, Minnesota, native responded with Montreal's first shutout while improving to 4-0 in four career NHL starts.
Lindgren was promoted from Laval of the American Hockey League on Friday.
Lindgren and Crawford were locked up in a scoreless duel before Jonathan Drouin skated through the slot and shot the puck into the left side of the net at 1:54 of the third. Drouin's third goal of the season stopped Crawford's scoreless streak at 173 minutes, 9 seconds.
Defenseman Joe Morrow added his third career goal at 7:45, helping Montreal to its fourth win in five games.
Coming off consecutive shutouts against Philadelphia and Minnesota, Crawford finished with 33 stops in his first career regulation loss against his hometown team. He was 8-0-2 with a 1.49 goals-against average in 10 games against Montreal.
The Blackhawks have scored just 11 goals in their last six games.
The Blackhawks also went 0 for 3 on the power play after scoring with the man advantage in each of their previous two games, including Saturday night's 2-0 victory at Minnesota.
The Blackhawks visit Philadelphia on Thursday night.