BOSTON -- The Bruins battled back to tie the score twice in regulation on Thursday night at the TD Garden, and got Jarome Iginla to score the only goal of the shootout, as Boston defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.
While trailing 2-1, Zdeno Chara drew a tripping call against Anaheim in the final minutes of the third period, and then, seven seconds into the power play, he scored the tying goal.
David Krejci fed Chara with a soft pass out front, and the Bruins' captain put it home to make it 2-2 with 2:50 left in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
It eventually went to a shootout, where Iginla took the Bruins' second shot. He kept it simple, stepped in, and ripped a wrist shot top-left, off the upper-inside pipe to help the B's to a win.
The Ducks took a 2-1 lead into the third period, thanks to a late second-period goal from Mathieu Perreault off a face-off in the Bruins's zone.
With 20.9 seconds left in the second, Perreault took a loose puck, in the right circle, turned and put a low shot on net. It somehow got underneath the pads of Tuukka Rask, who didn't react as if he saw it the whole way, giving Anaheim a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins had tied it at 1 after Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal on a breakaway, with 7:15 left in the second period. Ryan Spooner sent a cross-ice pass up to Chris Kelly at the Ducks' blue line, and Kelly tapped it ahead to a streaking Soderberg up the middle, and Soderberg finished by somehow sneaking the puck five-hole.
Boston had only one shot on goal in the first period. It marked their fewest shots in a period since they recorded just one in the third period of a 2008 win over New Jersey.
That one shot was not a goal. Anaheim scored the only goal in the first period, as Devante Smith-Pelly buried a snap shot upstairs from the high slot, giving the Ducks an early 1-0 lead, just 1:52 into the game.
Talking points from CSNNE.com Bruins insider Joe Haggerty:
GOLD STAR: A whopping 11 generated shot attempts for Zdeno Chara led all Bruins players. He also fit in three registered hits and a blocked shot to go along with the tying power play goal in the closing seconds of regulation. Combine that with both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry having pretty quiet offensive nights, and Big Z had one of his best nights of the season. Chara looked appropriately exhausted after playing challenging back-to-back games with travel, and perhaps appropriately so after logging a season-high 29:45 of ice time after Johnny Boychuk was lost early in the second period.
BLACK EYE: One shot in 24:03 of ice time in a pretty invisible night for Corey Perry. The shot attempt was from far to the outside of the net, and the Ducks franchise forward didn’t seem to have much of an appetite for getting anywhere close to the net with Zdeno Chara out there against him for many of his shifts. That’s certainly not what the Ducks had in mind when they signed Perry to a mega-deal contract extension, and not what they’re looking for when injuries have attacked their forward depth.
TURNING POINT: It looked like a fatigued Bruins team would fold when they surrendered Anaheim’s go-ahead goal with 21 seconds remaining in the second period after Gregory Campbell lost a defensive zone face-off to Mathieu Perreault. The Bruins fought back with a third period and overtime where they outshot the Ducks by a 15-8 margin, and managed to tie the score at the end of the third period before eventually winning in the shootout.
HONORABLE MENTION: Five shot attempts for Mathieu Perreault and two points (one goal, one assist) continue a solid season for the center after moving to the Anaheim Ducks from the Washington Capitals. His goal was set up by a face-off victory in the offensive zone against Gregory Campbell, and a fortuitous bounce off the boards directed the puck right back to him. That gives him five goals and 11 points in 13 games, and continues his tormenting of the Bruins over the past couple of years. Thankfully it won’t happen as often now that he’s over in the Western Conference with Anaheim.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal tonight in the second period, and Ryan Spooner notched his first career NHL point when he registered a secondary assist on the score with a nice transition pass to get it all started.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “I think, for sure, it was one of the hardest wins we’ve had this season. It was a back-to-back game, late night arrival last night. That’s not an excuse, but I think we all felt that…especially in the first half of the game.” –Zdeno Chara, giving his team credit for grinding it out and getting the two points vs. Anaheim.