BOSTON – Montreal coach Michel Therrien wanted to continue his team’s drive to the playoffs more than to snap Boston’s 12-game winning streak.
The Canadiens accomplished both.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout goal, and the Canadiens got their fifth win in six games, 2-1 over the Bruins on Monday night.
“It’s not about their streak,” Therrien said. “It’s more about getting those two points and trying to qualify for the playoffs.”
Montreal tied Tampa Bay for the third-most points in the Eastern Conference, but has played one more game.
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.
“You can’t win 12 in a row and lose one in a shootout and say, ‘I’m really disappointed in my team,’ ” Boston coach Claude Julien said.
The Bruins were uncharacteristically undisciplined for the two periods, but tied 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.
Budaj also stopped a four-game Bruins winning streak with a 4-1 victory in Boston on Jan. 30.
“We are very confident with him back there,” Montreal forward Brian Gionta said. “That first period he made some huge saves and even in the second he made some big saves where they could have been back in the game real quick.”
Boston’s last loss came March 1, 4-2 to Washington.
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 9 meters from the net and rose over the glove of goalie Tuukka Rask.
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.
Flames 2, Sharks 1 (SO)
In Calgary, San Jose clinched a playoff spot by getting a point in a shootout loss to the Flames.
Mike Cammalleri scored the only goal in the shootout for Calgary.
Cammalleri moved in from the right wing and went short side on Alex Stalock, setting off a roar from the Saddledome crowd.
Rangers 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)
In 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.
Kings 3, Flyers 2
In 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.
Stars 2, Jets 1
In Dallas, Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power-play goals and the Stars held off Winnipeg.
The victory allowed Dallas to move within a point of the Phoenix Coyotes for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.
Senators 4, Lightning 3 (SO)
In Tampa, Jason Spezza scored in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout, helping Ottawa end a six-game skid by beating the Lightning.