Brian Gionta’s shootout goal lifts Cana­di­ens over reel­ing Bru­ins, 3-2

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BOS­TON (AP) — Brian Gionta beat Tuukka Rask for the only goal in a shootout and the Montreal Cana­di­ens sent the free-fall­ing Bos­ton Bru­ins to their ninth straight loss, 3-2 on Thurs­day night.

The Bru­ins, 1-9-3 in their last 13 games, blew a two-goal lead, then ex­tended the sec­ond-long­est los­ing streak in fran­chise his­tory. They also lost their eighth straight home game, also the sec­ond-long­est streak in club his­tory.

The Cana­di­ens got 45 saves from Jaroslav Halak in reg­u­la­tion and over­time and three more in the shootout. Gionta put Montreal’s third bid past Rask, who made 23 saves.

Mark Rec­chi and Blake Wheeler gave the Bru­ins a 2-0 lead, but Glen Metropolit and Ro­man Ham­r­lik scored 39 sec­onds apart late in the sec­ond pe­riod to tie it. the night — snapped a tie and gave the Cap­i­tals a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Thurs­day that ex­tended the Cap­i­tals’ winning streak to a team-record 12 games.

Cap­i­tals cap­tain Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an as­sist to reach 500 ca­reer NHL points. He is the fifth player to reach the mile­stone in five sea­sons, do­ing it in only 373 games.

Boyd Gor­don, Mike Knu­ble, and de­fence­man Tom Poti added goals for the Cap­i­tals, who haven’t lost since Jan. 12 at Tampa Bay.

Vinny Prospal had two goals for the Rangers, and newly ac­quired for­ward Olli Joki­nen, Bran­don Du­bin­sky, and Ryan Cal­la­han also put pucks past goalie Jose Theodore.

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