BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens said they wanted to end the Bruins' 12-game winning streak -- and they did it.
It took a shootout, in which the Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk notched the winning goal to give Montreal a 2-1 victory. The Bruins are 12-0-1 in their past 13 games. Boston's last regulation loss was March 1, when the Washington Capitals defeated the Bruins 4-2 at TD Garden.
Boston had trouble capitalizing on the power play, going 1-for-6, but the one conversion the Bruins got tied the game at 1-all at 14:34 of the third period.
Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj was sharp and was a big reason the Canadiens led for the majority of the game. He finished with 28 saves.
While the Bruins entered the game riding their winning streak, the Canadiens had won four of their previous five, and both teams were expecting an intense game. From the opening drop, it was a physical battle. It started with Montreal's Alexei Emelin dropping the Bruins' Milan Lucic with a clean open-ice check.
The physical play continued, and during the entertaining opening period, the Canadiens struck first when Emelin notched a power-play goal to give Montreal a 1-0 lead at 6:39. The Bruins' Chris Kelly inadvertently redirected Emelin's wrist shot past Rask.
After a scoreless second period, the Bruins had a total of four power plays in the third and finally capitalized when Bergeron redirected a shot past Budaj at 14:34 to tie it at 1-all.
The game remained in a 1-all stalemate through OT, forcing the shootout. Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand and David Krejci all missed during the shootout, before Galchenyuk netted his game winner.
Drop 'em: Opponents are beginning to learn that Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is a big, strong player who can handle himself. Early in the first period, there was a delayed penalty on Miller after he cross checked the Canadiens' Dale Weise, who went crashing into the corner boards at 4:50. Montreal's Travis Moen came to his teammate's aid and asked Miller to drop the gloves. Boston's blueliner obliged and quickly connected with a strong right. Miller also took a few punches before landing a hard right that dropped Moen. As Miller went to the penalty box for his fourth fighting major this season, a bloodied Moen needed to be helped off the ice. With Miller in the box, Montreal capitalized on its first power play of the night for a 1-0 lead. Neither Moen nor Weise returned for the remainder of the game.
Up next: The Bruins will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at TD Garden. It will be the first time the Blackhawks have been in town since they hoisted the Cup after Game 6 on June 24 on Garden ice. The teams played Jan. 19 at United Center in Chicago with the Blackhawks posting a 3-2 shootout win.