Ice Hockey - Canadiens dampen Boston spirits

The Montreal Canadiens dampened Boston Bruins fans' excitement over an impending trade with a 6-5 shootout win.

Ice Hockey - Canadiens dampen Boston spirits

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Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens is congratulated by team-mates after scoring a goal in the third period against the Boston Bruins (AFP)

Canadiens 6, Bruins 5 (SO)

With trade winds blowing and Bruins fans dreaming of the potential arrival of 525-goal scorer Jarome Iginla, there was a game to play, and the Canadiens rallied to spoil the excitement.

Brendan Gallagher scored a goal in a third-period rally, then scored only goal of a six-round shootout to give the Canadiens victory over their top rivals.

It was the second time in as many tries this season that the Canadiens rallied in the third period in Boston. The victory gave Montreal (21-7-5) sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division, a point ahead of the Bruins (21-7-4).

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and three assists, and Tyler Seguin a goal and two helpers as the Bruins erased a 2-0 deficit with four goals in the second period to take the lead.

However, the Canadiens scored three times in the third period. Defenseman Andrei Markov tied it with 8.2 seconds left on a 6-on-4 advantage created by a delay-of-game penalty on Boston's Aaron Johnson, plus Montreal pulling the goalie.

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Wild 4, Coyotes 3 (OT)

Mikko Koivu scored in overtime, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Phoenix Coyotes, extending the Coyotes losing streak to seven games.

With their goalie pulled, Ryan Suter scored with less than a minute left in regulation to tie the game, and Koivu got his ninth goal of the season in the extra session as the Wild won their seventh in a row.

Michael Stone, Rob Klinkhammer and Boyd Gordon scored for Phoenix, which hasn't won since March 12 against the Kings in Arizona.

Torrey Mitchell and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild.

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