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Shootout Loss Ends Bruins’ Streak

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) eyes the puck on a face-off with Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) 06during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) eyes the puck on a face-off with Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) 06during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 24, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston — Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout goal, and the Montreal Canadiens stopped the Boston Bruins’ 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night.

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.

Boston 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.

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.

The win moved Montreal ahead of Tampa Bay and into third place in the Eastern Conference.

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. Then Galchenyuk went in close to put the puck between Rask’s stick and the post to the right of the goaltender.

Rangers 4, Coyotes 3 (ot)

New York — Ryan McDonagh scored off a rebound of Dan Girardi’s shot 1:56 into overtime, completing New York’s 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 3:26 left in regulation when he tipped in a drive by his defense partner McDonagh.

Kings 3, Flyers 2

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.

Senators 4, Lightning 3 (so)

Tampa, Fla. — Jason Spezza scored in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout, helping Ottawa end a six-game losing streak

Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists for the Senators. Karlsson, the top-scoring defenseman in the NHL with 68 points, opened the scoring 3:57 into the game with his career-high 20th goal.

Seventy seconds after Karlsson scored, Nikita Kucherov snapped a shot past goalie Robin Lehner to pull Tampa Bay even at 1.

Ottawa took a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, when Spezza and Kyle Turris scored 44 seconds apart against former Senators goalie Ben Bishop.

The Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit with power-play goals by Victor Hedman at 13:26 of the second period and Steven Stamkos at 5:44 of the third.

Lehner finished with 35 saves. Bishop had 29.