Canadiens stop Bruins’ 12-game winning streak
The Associated Press | March 25,2014
Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scores thewinning goal on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask in a shootout during Monday’s game in Boston.
BOSTON — Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout goal, and the Montreal Canadiens stopped the Boston Bruins’ 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night.
The Bruins fell one game short of their longest winning streak since 1970-71 and two shy of the club record set in 1929-30. But their one point from the shootout loss moved them ahead of Western Conference-leading St. Louis for the most in the NHL with 104.
Boston tied it at 1 with just 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.
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.
FLAMES 2, SHARKS 1, SO
CALGARY, Alberta — San Jose clinched a playoff spot by getting a point in a shootout loss to Calgary. Mike Cammalleri scored the only goal in the shootout for Calgary.
RANGERS 4, COYOTES 3, OT
NEW YORK — Ryan McDonagh scored off a rebound of Dan Girardi’s shot 1:56 into overtime, completing the Rangers’ surprising rally.
McDonagh put the puck past backup goalie Thomas Greiss, who relieved injured starter Mike Smith in the third period and then gave up the tying and winning goals. Girardi got the Rangers even with 3:28 left in regulation when he tipped in a drive by his defense partner McDonagh.
Brad Richards and Derick Brassard scored in the second period when New York erased a 2-0 deficit Phoenix built in the first. Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves on a night he was honored for recently breaking Rangers career marks for wins and shutouts.
The Rangers’ fourth straight win pushed them one point ahead of Philadelphia and into second place in the Metropolitan Division.
KINGS 3, FLYERS 2
PHILADELPHIA — Dwight King scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, leading Los Angeles to the win.
Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored in the second for the Kings, who won their third straight and 11th in 14 games while remaining in third place in the Pacific Division.
Matt Read and Jakub Voracek had Philadelphia’s goals. The Flyers had won five in a row. They dropped to 12-3-1 in their last 16 games.
Los Angeles had a 2-0 lead entering the final period, but Philadelphia tied it at 2 before King’s winning score with 9:24 remaining.
STARS 2, JETS 1
DALLAS — Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power-play goals and Dallas held off Winnipeg.
The victory allowed Dallas to move within a point of the Phoenix Coyotes for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.
The Stars have 79 points. Phoenix received a point for an overtime loss against the Rangers to reach 80.
Winnipeg continued to fade out of the postseason race. The Jets are 2-6-3 in their past 11 games. One of the victories was a 7-2 rout of visiting Dallas eight days earlier.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 32 saves.
SENATORS 4, LIGHTNING 3, SO
TAMPA, Fla. — Jason Spezza scored in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout, helping Ottawa end a six-game losing streak
Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists for the Senators. Karlsson, the top-scoring defenseman in the NHL with 68 points, opened the scoring 3:57 into the game with his career-high 20th goal.
Seventy seconds after Karlsson scored, Nikita Kucherov snapped a shot past goalie Robin Lehner to pull Tampa Bay even at 1.
Ottawa took a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, when Spezza and Kyle Turris scored 44 seconds apart against former Senators goalie Ben Bishop.
The Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit with power-play goals by Victor Hedman at 13:26 of the second period and Steven Stamkos at 5:44 of the third.
Lehner finished with 35 saves. Bishop had 29.