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