Mar 24, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) celebrates his goal with his teammate during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With Ten Forwards, Montreal Canadiens Stop Boston Bruins Win Streak At Twelve


Mar 24, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) checks Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic (17) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens were able to put a stop to their biggest rival’s winning streak, heading into Boston and sealing a 2-1 victory on Alex Galchenyuk’s shootout winner.

Less than five minutes into the game, Dale Weise was injured when he was cross checked in the back by Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller and fell awkwardly, crashing into the boards.

Mar 24, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates his shootout winning goal against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Linemate Travis Moen stepped in and dropped the gloves with Miller, who was already on his way to the box for the initial cross check. Moen and Miller landed a few punches each before Miller landed a heavy right to the side of Moen’s head. It was quite clear as the rugged Habs winger struggled to his feet and needed help off the ice that he had suffered a concussion.

Both fourth line wingers had played less than a minute in the game, but both were also done for the night. Their status is yet to be updated by the Canadiens, except to say they are out indefinitely and will miss tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Montreal took the lead on the ensuing power play with Miller serving his penalties for the Bruins. Alexei Emelin fired a slap shot from the point that tipped off a Bruins stick and beat Tuukka Rask to open the scoring.

The second and third periods resulted in plenty of penalties, but little scoring. The Canadiens would go 0 for 4 with the man advantage in the second period alone, while the Bruins would fail to convert on five consecutive power plays, before finally beating Peter Budaj late in the third period.

Playing 5 on 4 was when the Canadiens were at their best last night, whether they were up or down a player. Montreal went 1 for 6 on the power play, but registered 10 shots and looked dangerous on each advantage. They were also 5 for 6 at killing off penalties, not being victimized until their fourth straight third period penalty, and only allowed 7 shots in the near 12 minutes of being down a player.

While at even strength however, the Habs were outshot 20-5 by the physical Bruins, and were often hemmed in their own zone for long periods of time.

The Habs hung on long enough to get to overtime, and looked much better at 4 on 4 than they did at full strength during the opening 60 minutes.

Peter Budaj would turn aside 28 of the 29 Bruins shoes fired at him during the game, and would then stop Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and David Krejci in the shootout.

Rask was able to respond by holding Thomas Vanek, David Desharnais and Daniel Briere scoreless, but Galchenyuk deked to his forehand and fired a shot over the blocker of the Bruins netminder that gave the Canadiens an extra point in the standings, and sent the Bruins home winless for the first time since March 1st.

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