Canadiens stop Bruins’ 12-game win streak

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BOSTON (AP) - 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.

Boston was uncharacteristically undisciplined for the two periods then 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. 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 30 feet 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.

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