Ice Hockey - Canadiens halt Bruins in shootout

The Montreal Canadiens ended Boston's 12-game winning streak with a hard-hitting 2-1 shootout victory.

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Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) and center Patrice Bergeron (37) (Reuters)

Canadiens 2, Bruins 1 (shootout)

Backup goaltender Peter Budaj, starting because of past performances against the Bruins, stopped 28 shots in the game and then all four shootout attempts.

Alex Galchenyuk scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round as the Canadiens won for the fourth time in the last five games.

The Canadiens (40-26-7) won despite seeding forwards Dale Wiese and Travis Moen knocked out of the contest on the same play just 4:50 into the game.

The Bruins (49-17-6) were hoping to tie the second-longest winning streak in franchise history, which would have moved them to within a game of tying the all-time best of 14.

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Flames 2, Sharks 1 (SO)

Michael Cammalleri's shootout winner allowed the Flames to deliver a come-from-behind victory over the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks.

Cammalleri had his point-scoring streak snapped at seven games, but was the lone success in the shootout.

The upside for the Sharks is they clinched a playoff spot for the 10th consecutive season with the result. However, they are eyeing up top spot in the overall standings.

James Sheppard gave San Jose (46-18-9) the early edge in the first period before Joe Colborne answered for Calgary (30-35-7) in the second.

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Kings 3, Flyers 2

Dwight King scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a victory over the Flyers and snapping Philadelphia's five-game winning streak.

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams also scored goals for the Kings (41-25-6) against their former team.

Matt Read and Jakub Voracek had goals for Philadelphia (38-26-7). The Flyers tied the game after trailing 2-0 but were denied the comeback win.

The game marked a Philadelphia homecoming for Carter and Mike Richards, former cornerstones of the Flyers who were both traded in 2011.

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Rangers 4, Coyotes 3 (overtime)

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh scored in overtime to lift the New York Rangers over the Phoenix Coyotes.

McDonagh, who also assisted on the game-tying goal in the third period, poked in a rebound at 1:56 of the extra period.

Phoenix (34-26-12) got a strong effort from goaltender Mike Smith, who stopped 25 shots before leaving in the third period with a leg injury.

The Rangers (40-29-4) picked up two points and remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division, just head of Philadelphia, who they host on Wednesday.

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Lightning 4, Senators 3 (SO)

The Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but Ottawa goalkeeper Robin Lehner stopped all three shots in shootout, giving the Senators the win.

The Lightning rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second period where Victor Hedman pulled them within one.

Steven Stamkos swatted a puck out of the air for the tying goal in the third period, capping a comeback that gave the Lightning (39-24-9) at least one point for the ninth consecutive game.

Lehner stopped 35 shots in regulation and overtime for Ottawa (29-29-13).

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Stars 2, Jets 1

Ray Whitney and Tyler Seguin scored power play goals to lift the Dallas Stars over the Jets and keep them firmly entrenched in the Western Conference playoff race.

Dallas (34-26-11, 79 points) went 2-for-4 on the power play, to break out of a slump in that area, as they moved one point off the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Winnipeg (32-32-9, 73 points) scored their goal with 2:44 remaining in regulation when Bryan Little scored off a rebound as the Jets had an extra attacker on the ice.

Stars captain Jamie Benn assisted on both Dallas goals, and goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 shots.

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