8:05 PM PDT, October 31, 2013
BOSTON —- Zdeno Chara scored the tying goal on a power play with less than three minutes remaining in the third period and Jarome Iginla had the lone goal in a shootout to rally the Boston Bruins past the Ducks, 3-2, on Thursday night.
Carl Soderberg scored his first NHL goal and Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for the Bruins, who mustered only one shot on goal in the first period.
Boston never sustained much of an offensive attack but still managed to end a two-game skid after Patrick Maroon was called for tripping with 2:58 left in the third period, and Chara beat Jonas Hiller eight seconds later with the tying goal.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored less than two minutes into the game. Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist, and Hiller stopped 21 shots for the Ducks, who earned one point and are now 3-2-1 on their eight-game trip.
But Anaheim was 0 for 4 on the power play, dropping the league's worst unit to 7.3% (four for 55).
"We definitely have to learn when you have a 2-1 lead going in the third period, even less than five minutes to play, you've got to come out with two points," Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen said.
"But you've got to give them credit. They're a good team. They played last night and they battled to get back into the game. It was a good game, but I think we deserved more."
Allen spoke about the need to improve the power play and the penalty-killing efforts.
"I think it's both," he said. "I think it's special teams all around. Penalty killing and the power play. We've got to figure a way to be more successful if we want to achieve the things we're trying to do. We need those in the stretch here."
Bruins players came out for warmups wearing World Series caps, and the crowd cheered midway through the second period when highlights of the Boston Red Sox's clinching win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at Fenway Park were shown on the video board.
Bruins President Cam Neely and Red Sox President and Chief Executive Larry Lucchino then came onto the ice and held the World Series trophy high above their heads.
But despite all the excitement in the building, the Bruins got off to a slow start.
Iginla put Boston ahead in the shootout with his wrist shot over Hiller's glove. After Rask turned aside two weak attempts by the Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf hit the crossbar to end the game.
A slap shot by Chara more than 18 minutes into the game was Boston's lone shot of the first period. Anaheim had five shots, but needed only one to score.
The Ducks struck 1:52 into the game on Smith-Pelly's first goal of the season.
After Anaheim won the puck in front of the Bruins' bench and barely maintained the zone, Perreault dropped a short pass in the slot to Smith-Pelly, who lifted a wrister past Rask's left shoulder.
The Bruins evened the score with 7:15 to play in the second when Soderberg broke in alone on Hiller and slipped the puck between his legs.
But Perreault's fifth goal put the Ducks back on top with 20.9 seconds remaining in the period. After winning a faceoff in the Bruins zone, Perreault took a pass inside the circle, spun to his right and slid a shot by Rask's right leg.