The Boston Bruins winning streak is no more. The Montreal Canadiens handed the Bruins their first loss in 12 games, skating to a 2-1 victory Monday night at TD Garden. Boston’s defeat marked the third time they’ve fallen to the Candiens this season. Those in attendance certainly got their money’s worth as this highly emotional tilt was ultimately decided in a shootout.
In defeat, Rask’s personal win streak was halted at seven games. Budaj snapped a four game losing streak with the win.
It didn’t take long for bad blood to boil. Kevan Miller and Travis Moen dropped the gloves in the opening period. Miller tagged Moen with a ferocious punch and knocked him to the ice. Unfortunately Boston could no capitlize on the boost in momentum.
Alexei Emelin scored the game’s initial goal in the first period. Montreal’s blue-liner snapped a shot from the top of the zone, that defelcted off of Chris Kelly, and past Rask for a power play goal.
No additional goals would be scored by either side until late in the third period. Locked up in a physical battle, the Bruins came through on the man-advantage and tied the game up. Patrice Bergeron deflected a Dougie Hamilton shot past Budaj to draw even and force overtime.
Neither side could find the net in the extra time. In the fourth round of the shootout, Alex Galchenyuk deked Rask out of his shoes, and deposited the puck on the stick side to claim the win.
The difference in this tilt was Boston’s inability to capitalize on the power play. Down 1-0, in third period, the Bruins drew four power plays in the beginning stages of the frame. They only scored on the one that tied the game. The potential chances to have inflicted more damage were there for the taking. Hats off to Montreal’s penalty killing unit.
Regardless of Monday’s outcome, 12 wins in a row shotgunned the Bruins to the top of the NHL standings. They’ll certainly move forward with the upmost confidence having accomplished such a great feat.
Boston will look to rebound Thursday night when they’ll play host to a familiar foe in the Chicago Blackhawks. The black-and-gold will be forced to overcome a steep hurdle in order to right the ship and start back toward their winning ways.