While determined trick-or-treaters braved the windy and damp Halloween night in hopes of receiving some candy, the Boston Bruins were hoping to treat themselves to two points with a win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Bruins, losers of their last two, were looking to pull their best Red Sox impression and avoid a three game losing streak.
“Halloween night,” said Bruins forward Chris Kelly,” a lot of people would’ve taken their kids out trick-or-treating, not Boston, this is a sports town.”
The Bruins came out extremely flat footed and looked sloppier than the aftermath of a Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. Mistakes seemed to be the theme of the first period as Boston coughed up the puck in their own zone just 1:52 into the first period, which resulted in a Devante Smith-Pelly goal and a 1-0 Ducks lead. The Bruins continued turning pucks over with poor passes and numerous offsides calls. It looked as if things might turn around when Hampus Lindholm of the Ducks was whistled for interference, however the Bruins didn’t register a shot in the corresponding power play. In fact, they didn’t register their first shot of the period until 18:35 of the first.
Boston came out of the locker room looking as lifeless as a group of extras on The Walking Dead. This would change when Carl Soderberg scored his first career NHL goal on a breakaway at 12:45 of the second. Also registering his first career NHL point on the play was recent call up Ryan Spooner, who along with Kelly, assisted on the tying goal. However, the Ducks would capitalize on a Mathieu Perreault goal when he beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with just twenty-one seconds remaining in the second period.
“Carl scoring his first goal was great,” Kelly said when asked about Carl’s game play. “It’s funny what a goal can do to your confidence and your morale.”
It looked like the third frame was going to be filled with a similar style of hockey as the first two, until Bruins captain Zdeno Chara gave the TD Garden quite the treat when he scored a power play goal with 2:50 remaining in the third period and forced overtime. Rask stopped all three of the shooters he faced in the shootout and Jarome Iginla notched the game winner when he beat Hiller high glove side giving the Boston another night of celebrating.