Bruins blank Canadiens
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.