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STREAK SNAPPERS

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 11:07 PM

The Canadian Press

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STREAK SNAPPERS
Montréal Canadiens 2, Boston Bruins 1
Three Stars of the Game
Peter Budaj
1st
Peter Budaj
G
SA: 29TOI: 64:42
GA: 1EV: 22-22
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .966SH: 0-0
Tuukka Rask
2nd
Tuukka Rask
SA: 22TOI: 65:00
GA: 1EV: 9-9
PIM: 0PP: 9-10
SV%: .955SH: 3-3
Kevan Miller
3rd
Kevan Miller
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 7
+/-: 0TOI: 13:09
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 centre 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 ahead of Tampa Bay and into third place in the Eastern Conference.

In the shootout, Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and David Krejci missed for Boston while Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Daniel Briere failed for Montreal. Then Galchenyuk went in close to put the puck between Rask's stick and the post to the right of the goaltender.

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 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.

NOTES: Montreal C Lars Eller missed the game with a lower-body injury. He has played in 71 of his team's 73 games. ... Canadiens left wing Travis Moen did not return after being helped off the ice on his first shift after a fight early in the first period with defenceman Kevin Miller. It was sparked when Miller cross-checked right wing Dale Weise into the boards. Weise also missed the rest of the game. ... Former Bruins defenceman Ray Bourque dropped the ceremonial first puck.

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Boxscore
Game highlights
The Numbers Game - March 24, 2014
Two big points
scoring summary
1st Period
06:39
MTL
PPG - Alexei Emelin (3) ASST: Daniel Briere (11), Brian Gionta (21)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
14:34
BOS
PPG - Patrice Bergeron (23) ASST: Dougie Hamilton (16), Loui Eriksson (21)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBOSMTL
1P. BergeronT. Vanek
2J. IginlaD. Desharnais
3B. MarchandD. Briere
4D. KrejciA. Galchenyuk
penalty summary
1st Period
01:19
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Alexei Emelin
04:50
BOS
Kevan Miller  Cross checking against  Dale Weise
04:50
BOS
Kevan Miller  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
04:50
MTL
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Kevan Miller
2nd Period
03:09
BOS
Brad Marchand  Hi-sticking against  P.K. Subban
06:44
MTL
Rene Bourque  Holding against  Kevan Miller
10:56
MTL
Michael Bournival  Holding against  Reilly Smith
12:13
BOS
Carl Soderberg  Interference on goalkeeper against  Peter Budaj
15:56
BOS
Jarome Iginla  Slashing against  Alex Galchenyuk
17:12
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
3rd Period
00:43
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Cross checking against  Brad Marchand
06:26
MTL
Douglas Murray  Holding against  Chris Kelly
08:39
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Holding against  Gregory Campbell
12:36
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Hi-sticking against  Patrice Bergeron
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 29TOI: 64:42
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .966SH: 0 - 0
Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask
32-14-5
SA: 22TOI: 65:00
Saves: 21EV: 9 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .955SH: 3 - 3