Once again the Bruins held an early lead and outshot their opponent by a wide margin (47-25), but once again they could not hold on for the win as the Montreal Canadiens came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Bruins 3-2 in a shootout. The Bruins have now lost 9 straight games, the longest losing streak in franchise history since the 1924-'25 team lost 11 straight during their first year in the NHL.
The Bruins got on the board 15:48 into the game with a power play goal by Mark Recchi, who tipped in Derek Morris' shot from the slot. Recchi's 11th goal of the season was set-up by a delay of game penalty on Montreal after Andrei Markov flipped the puck over the glass.
Blake Wheeler extended the Bruins' lead to 2-0 at 5:25 of the second period when he put back a rebound that was created by David Krejci's shot from the right circle.
Former Bruin Glen Metropolit pulled the Habs to within one when he stationed himself at the top of the crease on the power play and put back Scott Gomez's shot at 17:06 of the second period.
The Habs tied it up just 39 second later when Roman Hamrlik's wrister from the top of the left circle beat Tuukka Rask for his 6th goal of the season.
After a frantic overtime period, the game went to a shootout.
Montreal's 1st Shooter: Tomas Plekanec faked a shot, went to the backhand and was denied by Tuukka Rask's glove.
Boston's 1st Shooter: David Krejci's backhander was stopped by Jaroslav Halak with the right pad.
Montreal's 2nd Shooter: Scott Gomez's forehand shot was handled by the right pad of Rask.
Boston's 2nd Shooter: Michael Ryder faked forehand before going to the back hand. Blocker save by Halak
Montreal's 3rd Shooter: Gionta faked forehand and roofed a backhander. 1-0 Habs
Boston's 3rd Shooter: Marc Savard's attempt was denied by Halak with the blocker.
- The Bruins missed the net 13 times and had 11 shots blocks. That means that they directed 71 shots towards goal and scored twice.
- Steve Begin was 8-1 from the dot tonight.
- In three games against the Bruins this season, Glen Metropolit has recorded 4 of his 22 points (3-1-4)
- The Bruins are 12-12-5 when out-shooting their opponent.
- The B's still haven't won at home since the Winter Classic.
- The Bruins will host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.