At this time of year, it's all about the points.
"Honestly, the way I see things, it's more about getting those two
points and trying to qualify for the playoffs," Montreal coach
Michel Therrien said after his team snapped the Bruins' streak with
a hard-hitting 2-1 shootout victory.
"We played for two points tonight and I believe our guys did a
fantastic job killing penalties — we gave them four power plays in
the third period and only allowed them six shots, so the guys on the
penalty killing did a great job."
Backup goaltender Peter Budaj, starting because of past performances
against the Bruins, stopped 28 shots in the game and then all four
shootout attempts. Center Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout
goal in the fourth round as the Canadiens, who are tied for second
in the Atlantic Division, won for the fourth time in the last five
Galchenyuk, 0-for-6 on shootout attempts this season before Monday,
beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with the winner. Rask dropped to
0-5-3 lifetime against the Canadiens at home.
Budaj is 5-2 lifetime against the Bruins, but 5-0 with a .960 save
percentage in Boston.
"I'm not superstitious," Budaj said after the game when asked about
his play in Boston. "It's not just me — I need the team to score
goals and guys to block shots and do things right and the games here
(this season) we came with really strong performances; Boston played
really good, too.
"It's always fun to play those games and somehow we keep winning
these games and that's what we need."
The Canadiens, playing two men short because of first-period
injuries, won the season series 3-1, and beat the Bruins in five of
the last six games.
Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin scored a first-period power-play
goal to open the scoring. The goal was his third goal of the season.
The Canadiens made it stand up until Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
deflected defenseman Dougie Hamilton's shot past Budaj to tie the
game with 5:26 left in regulation.
The goal, Bergeron's 23rd of the season, came with three seconds
left on the Bruins' sixth power play of the night. It marked the
fourth straight game Bergeron scored his team's first goal of the
Rask made 21 saves in the game, but saw his seven-game winning
Asked if having the winning streak end in a shootout is painful,
Rask said, "Well, any game, to lose in a shootout sucks. Still got a
The Bruins were hoping to tie the second-longest winning streak in
franchise history, which would have moved them to within a game of
tying the all-time best of 14.
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Despite the shootout loss, the Bruins moved ahead of the St. Louis
Blues and into the top spot in the overall league standings. Boston
leads by a point and the Blues have a game in hand.
Boston coach Claude Julien thought his team had a typical start
after coming off the road. It took awhile to get going after playing
three games in three time zones. The Bruins were better as the game
"We managed to get that point and I guess if we have a weakness,
it's in the shootouts, we don't do well," Julien said. "I don't care
about that because that doesn't happen in playoffs."
The Bruins fell to 2-4 in shootouts and Rask is just 14-13 lifetime.
Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller knocked Montreal forwards Dale Weise
and Travis Moen out on the same play just 4:50 into the game. He
cross-checked Weise into the boards and when Moen stepped in, the
pair went at it. Miller got the better of Moen in the tussle thanks
to a hard right hand that connected.
Both Weise and a clearly dazed Moen went to the locker room and did
not return. Both players, along with injured center Lars Eller, are
NOTES: Montreal is 31-0-3 when leading after two periods. ... Bruins
RW Jarome Iginla was named as the NHL's third star of the week as he
continued his torrid March with five goals last week. ... The Bruins
host Chicago on Thursday night, the Blackhawks' first visit since
winning the Stanley Cup at TD Garden in the stunning Game 6 win in
the finals. The Canadiens host the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. ...
Montreal C Lars Eller was a late scratch with a lower-body injury
suffered Saturday night. ... Reports were circulating that Bruins D
Dennis Seidenberg, who was supposed to be out for the year after
late December knee surgery, could make it back if his team went deep
into the playoffs. ... Bruins great Raymond Bourque dropped the
first puck as the Bruins continued their 90th-year celebration.
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