Bru­ins blank Cana­di­ens

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MONTREAL (CP) — The Bos­ton Bru­ins needed a lit­tle bit of luck to break out of one of the worst stretches in the team’s long and sto­ried his­tory.

Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for his third shutout of the sea­son as the Bru­ins snapped a 10-game win­less streak with a 3-0 victory Sun­day af­ter­noon over the Montreal Cana­di­ens.

The Bru­ins had two of their goals de­flected in by the Cana­di­ens and the third came on a lucky bounce with less than five sec­onds to play in the first pe­riod.

“ With what we’ve been go­ing through the last lit­tle while, we were re­ally hop­ing for a break to come our way,” said Bru­ins coach Claude Julien. “It’s true, we had some luck tonight and that’s what got us the win our whole team was looking for. Af­ter 10 losses, it was some­thing we were hop­ing to see soon.”

Marco Sturm scored twice and Adam McQuaid added an­other for the Bru­ins (23-23-11), who were 06-4 in their pre­vi­ous 10 games, the team’s long­est win­less streak in 13 years.

Cap­i­tals 5 Pen­guins 4 (OT)

At Wash­ing­ton, Alex Ovechkin scored an arena-rock­ing hat trick and got the as­sist on the winning goal in over­time, and the Cap­i­tals kept up their pur­suit of NHL his­tory with their 14th straight victory.

Mike Knu­ble poked in the re­bound 2:49 into over­time af­ter Ovechkin’s shot hit the post dur­ing a Cap­i­tals power play.

Wash­ing­ton’s winning streak is tied for the third long­est in league his­tory and is three shy of the record of 17, set by the Pen­guins from March 9-April 10, 1993.

Ovechkin’s three goals gave him a league-high 42, pulling away from Sid­ney Crosby af­ter the Pittsburgh star had tied him at 39 by scor­ing a pair in the first pe­riod.

The Cap­i­tals trailed 4-1 late in the sec­ond, but Eric Fehr poked in his own re­bound to cut the lead to two be­fore Ovechkin took over in the third.

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