BOSTON -- The Bruins scored four second-period goals on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, but blew a 5-3 lead in regulation and lost 6-5 in a shootout to the Montreal Canadiens.
Brendan Gallagher and Andrei Markov scored the Canadiens' last two goals in the third period, including the game-tying re-direction that beat Tuukka Rask with 8.2 seconds left in the game to send it to overtime.
Gallagher then scored the game-winning shootout goal by beating Rask five-hole in the sixth round.
The Bruins took a 4-2 lead into the third period, after initially falling behind 2-0, thanks to Montreal goals from Michael Ryder 4:15 into the first period, and P.K. Subban 2:53 into the second.
Dougie Hamilton got the B's on the board first just 39 seconds after Subban's blast from the right point that beat Rask off the left post and in. Hamilton finished off a relentless Bruins attack after Tyler Seguin hit the post and Patrice Bergeron missed an open net. Seguin took a loose puck from behind the net and dished it out to the hight slot, where Hamilton wristed it top-right to cut Montreal's lead to 2-1.
Nearly four minutes later, Brad Marchand finished his own shot that initially missed the net, high and wide right. The shot hit off the glass and bounced out to the other side of the net, and Marchand knocked it in off the back of Carey Price to tie the game at 2-2.
With three minutes left in the second period, Bergeron scored on the power play to give the Bruins their first lead of the game. It came as a result of a blocked Torey Krug shot from the right point. It bounced over to Bergeron in the lower-left circle, and he put it into the open net to make it 3-2 Boston.
Just 35 seconds later, Nathan Horton finished a 2-on-1 from the right post after receiving a David Krejci pass from the left circle, giving the B's a 4-2 lead.
Both teams exchanged blows in the third, with Montreal cutting Boston's lead to 4-3, four minutes into the period, after Ryder finished a 2-on-1 from the left circle.
Tyler Seguin put the Bruins on top 5-3 eight minutes later as he buried a backhander upstairs on a breakaway. That one was off Peter Budaj, who replaced Price to begin the third.
And then Gallagher and Markov each scored to tie the game at 5-5 and send it to overtime, with the game-tying goal coming with just 8.2 seconds remaining in regulation, as Markov's shot from the left point -- while the Canadiens were on a 5-on-4 power play for the rest of of the game -- beat Rask after deflecting off a stick out front.
Gallagher then put the finishing touch on the Bruins in the 12th overall attempt of the shootout.
TALKING POINTS, from Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty
GOLD STAR: This will aggravate many of the Bruins fans out there, but credit where it’s due with PK Subban. Yes, he snapped his head back violently to the ground to earn a high-sticking goal against Brad Marchand. But the Montreal defenseman also finished with a goal and an assist, was a plus-3 and skated a game-high 30:39 of ice time for the Habs. He was making things happen at both ends of the ice and never showed a drop in his level of play despite the Herculean amount of ice time. PK has been amazingly good since ending his holdout and signing with the Habs.
BLACK EYE: Andrew Ference finished with a team-worst minus-3 and has now put together back-to-back rough performances against the Leafs and the Canadiens. Defensively he isn’t providing enough fight around the net and he’s consistently making ill-advised passes into the neutral zone that are getting picked off and turned into offensive chances for their opponents. He had a middle portion of the season where he’d tightened up his game, but he’s gone back to the struggles he had at the beginning of the year.
TURNING POINT: Aaron Johnson gets whistled for a weak delay of game call with less than two minutes to go in the third period, and the Bruins penalty kill can’t snuff out Montreal’s sixth power play of the night. A point shot bounces off Zdeno Chara’s stick in front of the net and skitters past Tuukka Rask for the game-tying goal with nine seconds left on the clock. That set up a scoreless overtime and then an uncharacteristically bad shootout for the Bruins where normally accurate shooters like Tyler Seguin missed the cage completely.
HONORABLE MENTION: It’s too bad the Bruins lost this game because Patrice Bergeron was amazing. A game-high four points including a goal, three assists, a plus-3 and two shots on net, two hits, and three blocked shots in 24:50 of ice time along with 23-of-34 face-off wins. He and Dennis Seidenberg combined for over 13 minutes of shorthanded ice time in the shootout loss, and Bergeron put everything he had into a game with first place in the Northeast Division on the line.
BY THE NUMBERS: .821 – the save percentage for Tuukka Rask on Wednesday night as he allowed five goals on only 28 shots. Not a good night for the defense or for the goaltender.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “He’s an accomplished player. He’s been in the league a long time. He’s scored 500 goals and for me growing up in Vancouver I got to see him play a lot. He’s definitely one of my favorite players and one of my idols growing up watching him play. He’d be welcome here with open arms to this dressing room.” –Milan Lucic on Jarome Iginla coming to the Bruins via trade that has reportedly been completed between Calgary and Boston.