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The Boston Bruins were 52 seconds away from doing something they hadn’t done in 80 years. But, thanks to a Patrice Bergeron tip-in in the final minute of regulation, the Bruins scored a goal for the first time in over 192 minutes of play, tying Thursday night’s game with Montreal at one goal a piece, sending the game to overtime, and eventually a shootout. It was there however, that Habs newcomer Mike Cammalleri put the game winner past Tim Thomas, earning the “bleu, blanc, et rouge” their third shootout victory of the year, 2-1 at TD Garden.
If the Bruins had gone scoreless for a third straight game, it would have marked the first time since 1929 that the franchise suffered three consecutive shutout losses.
Boston found themselves down by one after the first period, when towards the end of the opening frame, ex-Bruin Glen Metropolit potted his third goal of the season, giving Montreal a 1-0 advantage.
The game continued at that score until the final minute of the third period, when Bergeron found the back of the net after winning a key faceoff. Bergeron, the team’s leading goal scorer with 5, had what he thought was a game-tying goal overturned in the second period, after a replay showed the net off its moorings.
The five-minute overtime session went scoreless, leading to the shootout, where Cammalleri delivered the Habs a rare road victory. Tim Thomas, who has been stellar in his last few games with no wins to show for it, stopped 25 shots in the loss. On the flip side, Montreal goalie Carey Price, who had struggled mightily coming into the game, made a whopping 42 stops on his way to the win.
Boston continues their four-game homestand Saturday evening, when the division-leading Buffalo Sabres come to town.