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Bruins bounce back to beat Ducks in shootout on Jarome Iginla goal

10.31.13 at 9:46 pm ET
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The Bruins bounced back from a bad start and picked up a 3-2 shootout win over the Ducks on Thursday at TD Garden. Jarome Iginla had the only goal of the shootout, ending a two-game losing streak for the B’s and improving them to 8-4-0 on the season.

Zdeno Chara tied the game with a power-play goal off a pass from David Krejci in front with 2:50 to play. The goal was Chara’s second of the season, and in picking up the primary assist Krejci managed to register at least one point for the 10th time in 12 games this season.

The Ducks got on the board in the first period when a Carl Soderberg defensive zone turnover led to a Devante Smith-Pelly goal just 1:52 into the game. It was a rough first period for the B’s, who were credited with one shot on goal but appeared to have none through the first 20 minutes.

The Bruins found both their legs and more chances in the second period, tying the game on a breakaway goal from Soderberg, but they surrendered a goal to Mathieu Perreault off a Gregory Campbell faceoff loss with 20.9 seconds left in the second, putting them behind once again going into the third period.

Johnny Boychuk left the game in the second period and did not return to the game. He played only three shifts in the second and missed the last 14:39 of the period. The reason for Boychuk’s absence is unknown.

The Bruins will try to make it two wins in a row Saturday when they take on the Islanders in New York.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

Ryan Spooner, who was called up Thursday, was able to produce in his first NHL game of the season. The 21-year-old earned his first career NHL point, as he got the secondary assist on Soderberg’s goal thanks to his breakout pass to Chris Kelly. He went first in the shootout and was stopped.

Spooner, who was one of the final cuts in training camp but was sent back largely because there wasn’t room for another center on the NHL roster, centered Kelly and Soderberg, with Jordan Caron sitting out as a healthy scratch.

— The B’s were noticeably better in the second period, as a strong shift from Krejci’s line early on was perhaps better than any of the Bruins’ first-period shifts. Sustained pressure from the Merlot Line in the offensive zone shortly after set a good pace for the B’s, who still managed only seven shots on goal in the second, but that sure beats the one (more likely zero) they had in the first period.

— It was one of the better games Dougie Hamilton has played this season as he continues to get more and more comfortable joining the rush. Hamilton nearly produced a Bruins goal on a second-period rush, but his pass to Milan Lucic with the back door open was broken up at the last second by Francois Beauchemin.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

— The Bruins may or may not have had zero shots on goal in the first period. They definitely didn’t have one in the first 18 minutes of the game, but they got more chances as the period went on, with one of Chara’s attempted shots being credited as having been on net.

It was actually rather surprising to see that the B’s were without a shot through the first five minutes or so, as Patrice Bergeron‘s line did have a couple of opportunities on its first shift of the game, though nothing reached net. The B’s also had a good chance on the power play on a pass from behind the net to Chara in front, but Chara whiffed on the shot.

— Soderberg’s goal couldn’t have come at a better time, as he was in line to be the goat. Soderberg had been invisible for about three straight games entering Thursday night, and he was only noticeable early on against the Ducks because of a defensive zone giveaway that led to an Anaheim goal. Trying to hit Kelly with a breakout pass, Soderberg had his pass intercepted by Dustin Penner, who fed Perreault. The Anaheim center then gave it to Smith-Pelly, with Smith Pelly beating Tuukka Rask from the high slot to make it 1-0.

Brad Marchand had a pair of first-period penalties, the first of which was a rather pointless elbow on Emerson Etem. Marchand also was called for holding Ben Lovejoy in the last minute of the first. That marked the third penalty in a matter of two periods for Marchand, who borderline low-bridged Kris Letang in the third period of Wednesday’s loss to the Penguins.

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