ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks do not have a full contingent of healthy skaters but their goaltenders are as well as they've been all season.
"That's huge --- every time you have a goalie playing every night that gives you a chance to win," Beauchemin said. "If it wasn't for [Gibson] tonight, I don't think we would have won that game. He kept us in it. He made some big saves, some breakaway saves. We're fortunate to have two big goaltenders that can do that."
Anaheim is awaiting the return of injured defensemen Sami Vatanen, James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer, among others, but Gibson, who sustained a groin injury early in the season that kept him out six weeks and spent time with Norfolk of the American Hockey League, has been especially sharp lately. He has won each of his past three starts, making 96 saves on 100 shots (.960 save percentage).
Gibson made 27 saves through two periods, including 15 in the first, the best of which came against Tomas Plekanec on a 2-on-1. His save on Max Pacioretty's shorthanded breakaway and another stop on Andrei Markov were highlights of the second period.
"I'm just trying to build off the team," Gibson said. "Obviously we have a nice streak, and I'm just trying to getting better each and every night.
"I had a tough stretch in the beginning, but I think, throughout your career, it happens to everybody, so hopefully mine's out of the way now and [I need to] just keep staying healthy and keep playing hockey."
The Canadiens (41-18-5) have been outscored 7-1 against the Ducks and San Jose Sharks to begin their four-game road trip. Goalie Carey Price made 30 saves; he lost back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 5 and 6.
Alex Galchenyuk scored with 1:41 left in the third period to ruin Gibson's shutout bid and end Montreal's goal drought at 120:51.
"I don't think we're losing momentum," Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said. "[Overall], you can just focus on the process, you can't focus on anything else. You try to focus on the process, and hopefully it's in your favor. In this case, we've done enough to win hockey games, win this hockey game. It just didn't bounce our way today."
Rakell gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead in the second when he put in a rebound from the slot at 10:16. Former Canadiens forward Jiri Sekac, in his first game against Montreal, started the play with a big hit on Subban in the corner to set up the initial point shot from Hampus Lindholm.
Sekac, who had one point in his final 18 games with Montreal, has three assists in his first five games with Anaheim.
"I'm not going to lie, it's a pretty good feeling, and I'm very happy we beat the Habs," Sekac said. "Nothing gets better than beating the team you used to play for."
Beauchemin scored his eighth goal, tying a career-high, on a pretty finish of a rush at 6:31 of the first period. Kyle Palmieri brought the puck up ice on the left side and sent a pass to Beauchemin, who scored his fourth goal in the past eight games on a shot off the left post.
Flynn won seven of 10 faceoffs. Montreal coach Michel Therrien said he liked what he saw from Flynn and Mitchell, and he even was pleased by the Canadiens' effort.
"I liked the way we played," Therrien said. "We competed hard. This is an elite team. I liked the way we pushed the pace. We put a lot of pucks at the net. We had some quality scoring chances tonight and the difference tonight was their goalie. He was phenomenal."