With starter Tim Thomas resting, Tuukka Rask made 34 saves and stopped all three Columbus attempts in the shootout, and rookie Tyler Seguin scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
"Definitely, it was one of his biggest and best games of the year," Boston coach Claude Julien said of Rask. "He was very poised and I thought he did a great job in the shootout."
Seguin, the No. 2 selection in the 2010 Entry Draft, didn't shy away from his opportunity, either. He confidently faked Steve Mason with a left-to-right move and put the puck inside the right post.
"I felt great," said Seguin, who was scratched the last two games. "It's definitely nice to get back in the lineup and contribute to the team."
David Krejci and Rich Peverley -- who tied it with just over five minutes left on an impressive individual effort -- scored regulation goals for Boston, which won the 2,800th game in the history of the 87-year-old franchise.
"It was nice to see that even though they took the lead in the third we found a way to get back into it," Julien said. "It was a big goal there by Peverley, the shorthanded goal."
The Bruins, who won in Columbus for the first time since 2003, entered as the third seed in the Eastern Conference, only two points ahead of Northeast Division rival Montreal.
Grant Clitsome and Scottie Upshall scored for Columbus, which blew two one-goal leads and has lost eight of nine, all but falling out of playoff contention in the West. Mason finished with 27 saves.
"We're as happy as you can be without getting two points," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. "I said to the coaches that was one of our best games in probably two or three weeks."
Both teams had a flurry of chances in overtime. Boston peppered Mason in the first 30 seconds, leading to a Columbus timeout. With just over a minute left, Columbus' Antoine Vermette and Jan Hejda were hammering away around the goalmouth, but Rask didn't budge.
Tied 1-1 midway through the third period, Rask seemed to overplay a scoring chance by R.J. Umberger, sliding far out of his crease. The puck came to Upshall, who fired it home for his 20th, extending his career high. The goal was his fourth in eight games since being acquired by Columbus at the trade deadline.
"It was a game that was right there for us to get," Upshall said. "I thought we did a lot of great things."
Looking to capitalize on a power play moments later, Derick Brassard gave the puck away just inside the attacking zone. Peverley charged down the ice, turned defenseman Fedor Tyutin inside out, and stuffed the puck between Mason's legs 2 minutes after Upshall's goal.
Right off the ensuing center-ice faceoff, Columbus cut in and Antoine Vermette rang a shot off the right post on a quick pass from Upshall.
In an up-tempo first two periods, Clitsome converted a slap shot through traffic with under a minute left.
Krejci pulled the Bruins even at 12:20 of the second, deflecting a blast from Chara, who was mildly booed throughout the game.
"Both teams had their opportunities and obviously they got the better of us in the shootout," Mason said.
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
|Grant Clitsome (4) Slapshot - ASST: Jakub Voracek (32), Rick Nash (32)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|David Krejci (11) Slapshot - ASST: Zdeno Chara (24), Johnny Boychuk (10)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Scottie Upshall (20) Wrist shot - ASST: R.J. Umberger (30), Antoine Vermette (24)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|SHG - Rich Peverley (16) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||R. Nash||T. Seguin||0 - 1|
|2||F. Tyutin||P. Bergeron||0 - 1|
|3||S. Upshall||0 - 1|
|Nathan Horton Too many men/ice - bench|
|Antoine Vermette Hooking against Nathan Horton|
|Patrice Bergeron Interference against R.J. Umberger|
|Shawn Thornton Holding against Matt Calvert|
|Dennis Seidenberg Tripping against Matt Calvert|
|Nathan Horton Holding the stick against Derek Dorsett|
|David Krejci Cross checking against Sami Lepisto|