BOSTON — The Boston Bruins, playing much of the game as if they’d been partying late with the World Series-winning Red Sox the previous night, pulled out a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night.
The decision ended both Boston’s two-game losing streak and Anaheim’s three-game winning streak.
Bruins right winger Jarome Iginla, whose five-game point streak was halted, scored the only goal of the shootout, beating Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller as the middle of three shooters. Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, trying to force a fourth round, hit the post behind Tuukka Rask, ending the Halloween game.
It was Iginla’s 10th successful shootout attempt in 37 career tries.
The Bruins, held to eight shots through two periods, tied the game with 2:50 left when David Krejci set up Zdeno Chara in front for a power-play goal.
The Ducks lost the first two games of their season-long eight-game trip, but rebounded with three straight wins and now have points in four in a row.
Davante Smith-Pelly and Mathieu Perreault scored the Anaheim goals. Perreault broke a 1-1 tie with 20.9 seconds left in the second period with his fifth goal.
Carl Soderberg, whose giveaway led to the first goal of the night, scored his first NHL goal for the Bruins.
Center Ryan Spooner, recalled from AHL Providence earlier in the day, skated a regular third-line shift and assisted on Soderberg’s goal for his first NHL point.
Both Spooner and Soderberg failed to score in the shootout.
Hiller and Rask both made 21 saves for their respective teams in the 65-minute game.
Soderberg’s errant pass turned into the first goal and, after his breakaway shot trickled through Hiller, the Ducks again grabbed the lead, on the Perreault goal.
NOTES: Bruins D Johnny Boychuk missed the third period with an undisclosed injury apparently suffered in the second period. … The Bruins took warm-ups wearing Red Sox World Series champion baseball caps. Video highlights were shown in the second period when the championship trophy was brought onto to the ice by Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino. … The Ducks were missing several players, including 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, who lost several teeth and received 40 stitches after a Luke Schenn stick to the face Tuesday night in Philadelphia. … LW Dustin Penner (upper body) returned after missing five games and assisted on the first goal of the game. … Spooner, who played four games with Boston last season, had seven points in eight games at Providence. RW Jordan Caron sat and Chris Kelly moved to RW. Asked before the game if Spooner was recalled to dress, Boston coach Claude Julien said, “No, I just wanted him to have popcorn and hot dogs up in the stands. That’s why we brought him up.” … The Bruins visit the New York Islanders on Saturday night and the Ducks continue their road trip in Buffalo. … Buffalo’s John Scott received a seven-game suspension for his hit that concussed Boston LW Loui Erikkson on Oct. 23. Scott has already served three games. “That’s the decision that was made and we’ll live with it,” Julien said.