BOSTON — Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout goal, and the Canadiens stopped the Bruins' 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night.
Boston fell one game short of its longest winning streak since 1970-71 and two shy of the club record set in 1929-30. But the one point from the shootout loss moved Boston ahead of Western Conference-leading St. Louis for the most in the NHL with 104.
Boston tied it at 1 with two seconds left on its sixth power play of the game. Dougie Hamilton's slap shot from the center of the blue line deflected off Patrice Bergeron and past goalie Peter Budaj with 5:26 left in the third period. It was Bergeron's 23rd goal of the season.
Montreal grabbed the lead on Alexei Emelin's third goal of the season at 6:39 of the first. Emelin's shot from the blue line deflected off Bruins forward Chris Kelly about 30 feet from the net and rose over the glove of goalie Tuukka Rask.
The win moved Montreal into a tie with the Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division at 87 points. Tampa Bay has a game in hand.
The Bruins had three power plays in the first 11 minutes of the third period but were outshot 5-1 as the Canadiens picked off errant passes and cleared the puck from their zone. The Bruins kept the pressure on during their next power play until Bergeron scored.
Montreal had an excellent opportunity with a two-man advantage for 44 seconds late in the second period when Johnny Boychuk was called for roughing P.K. Subban and joined Jarome Iginla in the penalty box. The Canadiens took four shots on goal before Iginla's penalty ended and none during the rest of the power play.
Budaj came up with a big glove save when he stopped Zdeno Chara's slap shot from the blue line with 5 seconds left in the second period.
It was Boston's first loss since March 1 against Washington.
Game highlights: Ryan McDonagh scored off a rebound of Dan Girardi's shot 1:56 into overtime to complete a Ranger rally in a 4-3 victory over the visiting Coyotes. McDonagh put the puck past backup goalie Thomas Greiss, who relieved injured starter Mike Smith in the third period then gave up the tying and winning goals. … Dwight King scored the winner midway through the third, leading the visiting Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers.
Around the league: The Hurricanes signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year extension worth $29 million, taking him through the 2019-20 season. Faulk turned 22 last week and is in his third NHL season. He's second on the team at about 23½ minutes of ice time a game and played for the United States at the Sochi Olympics last month.
|Canadiens win shootout 1-0|
First Period—1, Montreal, Emelin 3 (Briere, Gionta), 6:39 (pp). Penalties—Chara, Bos (roughing), 1:19; Moen, Mon, major (fighting), 4:50; Miller, Bos, minor-major (cross-checking, fighting), 4:50.
Second Period—None. Penalties—Marchand, Bos (high-sticking), 3:09; Bourque, Mon (holding), 6:44; Bournival, Mon (holding), 10:56; Soderberg, Bos (goaltender interference), 12:13; Iginla, Bos (slashing), 15:56; Boychuk, Bos (roughing), 17:12.
Third Period—2, Boston, Bergeron 23 (Hamilton, Eriksson), 14:34 (pp). Penalties—Plekanec, Mon (cross-checking), :43; Murray, Mon (holding), 6:26; Gallagher, Mon (holding), 8:39; Bouillon, Mon (high-sticking), 12:36.
Shootout—Montreal 1 (Vanek NG, Desharnais NG, Briere NG, Galchenyuk G), Boston 0 (Bergeron NG, Iginla NG, Marchand NG, Krejci NG). Shots on Goal—Montreal 5-10-5-2—22. Boston 10-11-6-2—29. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 6; Boston 1 of 6. Goalies—Montreal, Budaj 9-8-2 (29 shots-28 saves). Boston, Rask 32-14-5 (22-21). A—17,565 (17,565). T—2:51. Referees—Kyle Rehman, Dan O'Halloran. Linesmen—Derek Amell, Anthony Sericolo.
First Period—1, Phoenix, Ekman-Larsson 13 (Yandle, Smith), 4:40 (pp). 2, Phoenix, Halpern 5 (Chipchura, Stone), 8:22. Penalties—Nash, NYR (tripping), 4:11; Phoenix bench, served by Ribeiro (too many men), 12:09; Yandle, Pho (tripping), 15:30; Pouliot, NYR (holding), 16:42.
Second Period—3, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 17 (Hagelin, Pouliot), 6:10. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 17 (McDonagh, Zuccarello), 10:53. 5, Phoenix, Chipchura 3 (Michalek), 16:51. Penalties—McDonagh, NYR (hooking), 7:52.
Third Period—6, N.Y. Rangers, Girardi 5 (McDonagh, Pouliot), 16:32. Penalties—Moss, Pho (roughing), 13:09; Hagelin, NYR (high-sticking), 13:09; Staal, NYR (holding), 13:39.
Overtime—7, N.Y. Rangers, McDonagh 13 (Girardi, Hagelin), 1:56. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Phoenix 11-6-4-0—21. N.Y. Rangers 10-11-12-3—36. Power-play opportunities—Phoenix 1 of 4; N.Y. Rangers 0 of 2. Goalies—Phoenix, Smith (27 shots-25 saves), Greiss 7-5-2 (10:30 third, 9-7). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 29-22-4 (21-18). A—18,006 (18,006). T—2:34. Referees—Francis Charron, Eric Furlatt. Linesmen—Brad Kovachik, Brian Mach.
First Period—None. Penalties—Carter, LA (interference), 7:35; Coburn, Phi (holding stick), 10:43; Voynov, LA (tripping), 14:36.
Second Period—1, Los Angeles, Carter 25 (Martinez, Toffoli), 1:49. 2, Los Angeles, Williams 18 (Regehr, Kopitar), 17:28. Penalties—Rinaldo, Phi (interference), 13:08; Carter, LA (cross-checking), 13:38; Williams, LA (slashing), 14:32.
Third Period—3, Philadelphia, Read 20 (Coburn, Couturier), :29. 4, Philadelphia, Voracek 20 (Hartnell), 8:18. 5, Los Angeles, King 13 (Voynov), 10:36. Penalties—Clifford, LA (roughing), 2:33; Rinaldo, Phi (roughing), 2:33; Voracek, Phi (slashing), 4:52; Streit, Phi (hooking), 11:02. Shots on Goal—Los Angeles 14-19-8—41. Philadelphia 9-9-14—32. Power-play opportunities—Los Angeles 0 of 4; Philadelphia 0 of 4. Goalies—Los Angeles, Quick 24-15-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Philadelphia, Emery 8-10-1 (41-38). A—19,876 (19,541). T—2:32. Referees—Tom Kowal, Frederick L'Ecuyer. Linesmen—Lonnie Cameron, Mark Wheler.