BOSTON -- The Anaheim Ducks' lengthy road trip was rolling in the right direction for three games until they ran into the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Zdeno Chara tied the game with 2:50 left in the third period, Jarome Iginla scored the only goal of the shootout, and the Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at TD Garden.
The Ducks, playing their sixth game of an eight-game, 15-day road trip, had won three in a row. They fell to 3-2-1 on the trip with the loss. Despite the shootout loss, the Ducks have earned seven out of a possible eight points in their last four games. Anaheim travels to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Saturday.
Jonas Hiller (Anaheim) and Tuukka Rask (Boston) made 21 saves apiece through 65 minutes. In the shootout, Iginla scored as the Bruins' second shooter. Rask made sure that stood up with one save. Nick Bonino lost the handle without getting off a shot, and Ryan Getzlaf hit the post for the Ducks.
Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen said the game was a good learning experience for the team. "We definitely have to learn when we have a 2-1 lead going into the third period," he said. "With less than five minutes remaining, you have to come out with two points."
It didn't take the Ducks long to continue their recent fine play, scoring 1:52 into the game. Dustin Penner, back in the lineup after a five-game absence (concussion), intercepted a Carl Soderberg pass at the blue line to get the scoring play started.
Penner sent the puck toward the Boston net, where it was knocked down by Mathieu Perreault then passed to the high slot for Devante Smith-Pelly. He fired a one-timer past Rask for a 1-0 lead on the first shot on goal of the game.
The Ducks added four shots on net before the period ended. The Bruins didn't test Hiller until 1:19 remained on the clock, when Chara found the net with a slap shot from the blue line.
Boston killed one Anaheim power play and part of a second, each while Brad Marchand was in the box. The Ducks' penalty kill made sure a Hampus Lindholm holding penalty didn't hurt them in the first period.
After killing the rest of that carryover Ducks power play, the Bruins played with more jump in their step in the second period. They tied the score when Soderberg made up for his costly first-period miscue with his first NHL goal.
Ryan Spooner, playing his first NHL game of the season, dug the puck out of the Boston zone and chipped it ahead to Chris Kelly at the red line. Kelly one-touched it ahead to Soderberg at the blue line, and the Swede got behind the defense and slid a backhand under Hiller at 12:45.
The Ducks took the lead again with 20.9 seconds left in the period. Perreault won a draw from Gregory Campbell, and Cam Fowler passed the puck from the right wall back to Smith-Pelly at the right point. Smith-Pelly made a pass to the dot, where Perreault and Campbell were tied up until Perreault broke free for a spinning shot that beat Rask inside the far post for a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins saved their best efforts for the third period and outshot Anaheim, 11-8, over those 20 minutes. The most important of those shots was the one Chara knocked past Hiller, after Chara had drawn a penalty eight seconds earlier. David Krejci dished a rebound of a Torey Krug shot to Chara for the tap-in in front of Hiller.