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Down 2-1 entering the third period, the Bruins were in need of a lift…and they got it in a two-minute span late in the third. Michael Ryder scored his 18th goal on the power play at 15:16, PJ Axelsson added a power play goal of his own 19 seconds later to give the Bruins the lead, and Zdeno Chara padded the lead 80 seconds later.
The explosive Bruins offense had just run up the score with only minutes left in the game. Would it be enough? How about NO! How you ask? The Blues’ David Perron scored a power play goal with just 1:20 left in regulation to cut the lead to 4-3, and David Backes scored his 16th goal with less than a second remaining to force overtime.
Neither team scored in the OT period, and in the shootout, the Bruins were shut out on two shots and took the loss, 5-4.
Tim Thomas was very good for the first 58 minutes of the game, but unraveled in the waning moments of regulation. The all-star finished with a respectable 27 saves on 31 shots, but really should’ve performed better against a poor team.
The Blues entered the game with the worst record in the Western Conference, and had lost nine of their last 10 road games before winning in Boston.
The B’s offense could’ve picked up Thomas though, despite the last-second goal. With 20 seconds remaining, Blake Wheeler missed an empty net, which turned out to cost the Bruins the victory. At least they collected one point with the shootout loss.
The Bruins will have to shake off this loss, and will get a chance to Wednesday night at Toronto.