Although the defeat didn’t give the Bruins their eighth consecutive victory, the Black & Gold battled back from a single-goal deficit on two separate occasions to force the overtime and pick up the point.
“It’s going to happen,” B’s captain Zdeno Chara
said of the loss. “You’re going to have games like this where we were just slow and not moving the puck as well as we used to.
“But we worked extremely hard in the third and earned that point. That’s the positive.
"Obviously, we’d like to get two but it happens.”David Krejci
scored his 10th goal of the season with 33 seconds left in the game. The Bruins had six skaters on the ice, as goaltender Tim Thomas
had been pulled to give Boston the man advantage.
“There were a lot of things that happened," Krejci said of his goal. "All I know is that [Mark Recchi] was the extra shooter and did a good job going to the goal. They went hard after the puck. We tried to get a quick shot. I tried to pick the corner and it worked.
“I don’t think we played our best game," added Krejci. "I am positive if we played our game then we would win.
"We gave them too many shots in the first two periods. That can’t happen.
"“We had a bad break and they got a lucky one in overtime," he said.
You're going to have games like this where we were just slow and not moving the puck as well as we used to. - Zdeno Chara
The Bruins felt they were outplayed for much of the game, but Chara stepped up in the slot to give Boston a 1-0 lead at 7:26 in the second period.
It was Chara’s 11th goal of the season, and his first since he netted a hat trick on Jan. 17.
Pittsburgh answered with two goals in the second from Jordan Staal and Dustin Jeffrey.
“We weren’t moving our feet at all,” Julien said of the second period. "We were second to the puck if anything.
"At the same time you couldn’t establish a physical game because you never got there on time. So they were on the puck and we were doing a lot of watching.
"And they just took the game away from us at that point.”
Boston battled through what Coach Julien felt was a little bit of tiredness in just their second game home after a six-game road swing.
“I mean we looked a little tired. Obviously, we didn’t seem to have that jump for half the game,” he said. “Again, those road trips will catch up and we’re trying to give them some rest and we’ve got a big game coming up on Tuesday and somehow you have to recover from this road trip and from the amount of games.”
The Bruins will look to continue their point streak when they take on the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night in the Bell Centre.---Hannah Becker