Apparently the Red Sox aren't the only Boston team with a flair for the dramatic this season.
Zdeno Chara scored a power-play goal with 2:50 left in the third period to tie the game at 2-2, and Jarome Iginla was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
The Bruins' captain was able to draw a tripping penalty against Anaheim's Patrick Maroon at the 17:02 mark in the third period, and was able to light the lamp just eight seconds into the power play for his second goal of the season. David Krejci and Torey Krug were credited with the assists on the game-tying goal. After a lackluster overtime period, which saw only four shots on goal during the five minute four-on-four session (all by the Bruins), Iginla gave the Bruins a 1-0 shootout win. Tuukka Rask stopped shots by Nick Bonino, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf in the shootout for his seventh win of the season.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first goal of the season for the Ducks just 1:52 into the first period to give Anaheim a quick 1-0 advantage. Carl Soderberg, playing in just his fifth game of the season, scored his first goal of the year with 7:15 remaining in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Chris Kelly and Ryan Spooner, who was called up from Providence early Thursday morning and promptly inserted into the starting lineup, garnered the two assists on Soderberg's goal. Mathieu Perreault found the back of the net with just 21 seconds left in the second, which looked like it would be the game-winner until Chara's theatrics late in the third.
The win was the second thrilling victory for the Bruins in the span of seven days. On October 24th, David Krejci scored with 0.8 seconds left in regulation, giving the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
The victory snapped a brief two game losing streak for the Bruins, who are now in a four-way tie for second place in the newly-formed Atlantic Division. The Bruins, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and Detroit Red Wings are four points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anaheim sits just one point back of the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division, and currently has the second-most points in the NHL with 21 points.
The Bruins next play at the New York Islanders on Saturday night. The Isles are just 4-5-3 on the season, but are in a tie for second place in the weak Metropolitan Division, trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins by nine points. The Islanders are just 1-3-1 in their last five games, defeating the Penguins 4-3 last Friday night.