BOSTON (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout goal as the Montreal Canadiens stopped the Boston Bruins’ 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday.
The Bruins fell one game short of their longest winning streak since 1970-71 and two short 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 leveled it at 1-1 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. 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.
The win moved Montreal ahead of Tampa Bay and into third place in the Eastern Conference.
The San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff spot by getting a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames.
Mike Cammalleri scored the only goal in the shootout for Calgary.
Karri Ramo, who finished with 33 saves, stopped Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and James Sheppard for the win.
Joe Colborne scored in regulation for Calgary and Sheppard scored in regulation for San Jose.
At New York, Ryan McDonagh scored off a rebound of Dan Girardi’s shot 1:56 into overtime, completing the Rangers’ surprising 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
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.
In other games, the Los Angeles Kings edged the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2, the Dallas Stars beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 and the Ottawa Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout.