Canadiens recover, end Bruins’ winning streak at six
- Zdeno Chara became the 21st player to play 1,500 games in the NHL, but the Boston Bruins had their six-game winning streak end with a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.
- Chara, who has been the Bruins captain since 2006, is the third player born outside of North America to reach the milestone, joining Jaromir Jagr (1,733 games) and Nicklas Lidstrom (1,564).
- He was given an ovation by the Montreal crowd when his achievement was announced in the first period.
“I really appreciate that,” Chara said. “It was very classy, and it’s something that I will definitely remember.”
- Victor Mete scored twice, Ben Chiarot and Tomas Tatar each had a goal and an assist, and Carey Price made 21 saves for Montreal (8-5-2), which is 4-1-0 in its past five games.
- Claude Julien became the 19th coach in NHL history to coach 1,200 games.
“It’s probably what I expected for my first Boston-Montreal matchup, so it didn’t disappoint,” Chiarot said. “It was a fun game. Two teams that like to play on offense, and I think you saw that.”
- Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston (11-2-2), which lost in regulation for the first time since Oct. 10 to end its point streak at 10 games (8-0-2).
“It’s one of those nights when you feel like instead of a hockey puck, it’s a golf ball out there,” Rask said. “You’re just not tracking it well, so tough night for me, but I thought we battled well. We could have easily won the game, but I couldn’t make a save.”
- Bruins forward David Pastrnak scored to extend his point streak to an NHL career-high 13 games (15 goals, 15 assists).
- His linemate, Brad Marchand, had his NHL career-high 13-game point streak end.
- Chara is the third active player with 1,500 games played, joining San Jose Sharks forwards Patrick Marleau (1,669) and Joe Thornton (1,582). …
- Julien is 635-414-141 with 10 ties in 18 NHL seasons with the Canadiens, Bruins and New Jersey Devils.
Sources & Credits: Sean Farrell / NHL.com, MTL Canadiens, BOS Bruins
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